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Published: Mon, March 27, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

United Prevents Girls Wearing Leggings from Boarding Flight

United Prevents Girls Wearing Leggings from Boarding Flight

'United Airlines is defending their decision to prevent pre-teen girls wearing leggings from boarding a flight due to their attire, ' another wrote alongside a string of thumbs-down emojis.

According to Shannon Watts-the founder of Moms Demand Action, a grassroots organization that promotes finding solutions to America's culture of gun violence-a United gate agent didn't allow three girls to board due to their attire.

It later added it was investigating the incident.

Unites Airlines says its internal policy led a gate agent at Denver International Airport on Sunday morning to bar two young female passengers wearing leggings from boarding an airplane to Minnesota in an episode that drew outrage on social media.

United Airlines' website states that "Passengers who are barefoot are not properly clothed", but does not elaborate on the dress code for passengers. In an email to The Washingont Post, Watts said that the rule is sexist, and points out that many women wear active wear for comfort at airports.

As that explanation emerged, Watts responded: "A 10-year-old girl in gray leggings".

United said the girls were travelling on a ticket that had a dress code.

@PattyArquette Casual attire is allowed as long as it looks neat and is in good taste for the local environment.

United responded to Ms Watts criticism of sexism, saying: "We appreciate you being our eyes and ears". I don't care what kind of passengers they were.

Many asked whether the airline was saying that it could deny service to paying customers just because they wore yoga trousers.

The row began when a fellow passenger took to Twitter in bewilderment on Sunday morning after watching the agent tell the girl, and two others, that they were inappropriately dressed. It tweeted that the passengers who were flying "were not in compliance with our dress code policy for company benefit travel".

It also said the girls who were turned away were "pass travelers" - relatives of United employees - and held to a different standard "as they are representing UA when they fly".

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