United Airlines is defending a gate agent’s decision to bar two young girls from boarding a plane reportedly for wearing leggings, despite a firestorm of criticism online.
Watts went on to tweet that the girls – one as young as 10-years-old – were forced to change or put on dresses over the leggings. However their father was allowed to board without incident despite having on shorts that were a few inches above his knees, she told the New York Times.
United Airlines responded saying the girls were “United pass” riders – travelling on tickets available for employees or eligible dependents – and were subject to their dress code policy. They also cited a rule in their ‘Contract of Carriage’ that states they have the right to refuse passengers who are “barefoot or not properly clothed.”
Celebs too weighed in, including Chrissy Teigen:
Billy Eichner pointed out some possible double standards:
And Patricia Arquette was on team leggings as well:
United Airlines spent the day responding to various critics on Twitter and it’s official response remains the same as the time of posting.