Apparently, Spandex is prohibited, and the girls were forced to change into alternative clothing, The Washington Post reports.
1) A @united gate agent isn't letting girls in leggings get on flight from Denver to Minneapolis because spandex is not allowed?— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) March 26, 2017
2) She's forcing them to change or put dresses on over leggings or they can't board. Since when does @united police women's clothing?— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) March 26, 2017
3) Gate agent for flt 215 at 7:55. Said she doesn't make the rules, just follows them. I guess @united not letting women wear athletic wear?— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) March 26, 2017
.@united They just boarded after being forced to change or put dresses on over the top of their clothing. Is this your policy?— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) March 26, 2017
United later responded to the uproar.
The passengers this morning were United pass riders who were not in compliance with our dress code policy for company benefit travel.— United (@united) March 26, 2017
CNN reports that the particular passengers — who, according to The Washington Post, are teen girls — were flying via United's travel perk program. These passengers are allegedly required to dress presentably.
But are leggings really a breach of presentable clothes?
"Our regular passengers are not going to be denied boarding because they are wearing leggings or yoga pants," United spokesperson Jonathan Guerin said to The Washington Post. "But when flying as a pass traveler, we require pass travelers to follow rules, and that is one of those rules."
A very strange and seemingly sexist rule, at that.
Noting the madness, Delta swooped in and destroyed what was left of United.
Flying Delta means comfort. (That means you can wear your leggings. ??)— Delta (@Delta) March 27, 2017
Twitter was here for it.
@Delta Used United and was always disappointed- I'm so excited to be flying with you soon! I'll be wearing leggings ??— Callie Klein (@CallieKlein143) March 27, 2017
@Delta you are the best ????????— Alessandro Ferrario (@alemitic16) March 27, 2017
@Delta I'm all about Delta Airlines— Nico (@BiGNasty91_) March 27, 2017
@Delta I love you guys for this??— ?anisa? (@AJx74) March 27, 2017
@Delta I love my Delta! Great customer service every time!— Kaylen Miller (@LifeofKaylen) March 27, 2017
While some questioned Delta's dress code policy, the airline had a pretty solid answer.
@Delta cheap shot. What are the your rules for non-rev pax?— Frederic Lardinois (@fredericl) March 27, 2017
@fredericl We don't have an item-specific clothing policy, but we encourage no swimwear, sleepwear or underwear as your outerwear. ?? *MC— Delta (@Delta) March 27, 2017
Ten points for Delta.
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