United Airlines

Social media is bashing United Airlines for enforcing its ban on Spandex leggings and other inappropriate clothing on flights.

It all started when a woman tweeted that United Airlines gate agents banned 5 girls traveling with her from getting on a flight wearing leggings.

Sharon Watts, a mother-of-five from Colorado who is a gun control advocate, tweeted:

“A @united gate agent isn’t letting girls in leggings get on flight from Denver to Minneapolis because spandex is not allowed?” she tweeted on Sunday. “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?”

Some of the girls were allowed to board the plane after wearing dresses over their Spandex. But Watts tweeted that two of the girls -- 10-year-olds -- were not allowed to board.

Watts tweeted United directly, asking the spokesperson to explain their dress code policy for passengers.

United Airlines responded by tweeting that the gate agents "have the right to refuse transport for passengers who are barefoot or not properly clothed."

Airlines that offer buddy passes -- tickets at a steep discount for friends and family -- routinely require buddy pass holders to dress appropriately while seated in first class or business class.

This has been the policy at major airlines for decades. No one has complained until now.

Watts should be questioning her own parenting skills; allowing 10-year-old girls to wear Spandex leggings is gross misconduct.




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  • missmiami305

    I told a yt coworker about this and she asked if this occurred in Saudia Arabia?????. She was dead serious too https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6045f4fafc01450c2fa80ff6189d64ea47089079317f1448584d51f91a22bea5.gif

  • missmiami305

    This is complete bullisshit considering leggings are now a staple within a female's wardrobe. Fugg them and Delta. I will continue to fly SOUTHWEST.

  • interestingconcept1

    Thank GOD! Those leggings are for lounging at home. Tired of looking at y'all fat camel toes and thongs!

  • Lola

    Finally the rules apply not only to us but to passengers too.. some of these passengers just crawl out of bed and slide into anything..

  • missmiami305

    This involved a child

  • interestingconcept1

    I know but it will stop the adults from wearing them.

  • dontgetblocked

    Rules are rules. We can't wear them at work but I see some people trying it. Not happening. They get sent home.

  • kekeb

    This is ridiculous smh

  • missmiami305

    I doubt it. They will continue to systematically discriminate amongst certain passengers by enforcing rules when they see fit. If this is their policy why not consistently enforce it? Sounds like they had an issue with the family using discount passes.

  • hottlanta

    I am not gonna talk about no one weight but it seems that the bigger the azz the crazier the leggings and the shorter the shirt to cover the azz. I love my leggings at the airport especially on an international flight because they are comfy and with a long shirt they can also be pajamas.

  • hottlanta

    Here, here.

  • hottlanta

    Here, here.

  • StayathomeMom

    If I am paying little to nothing for a flight I'm going to wear what the hell they tell me to wear. Flights cost too much money these days. Can I get a buddy/family pass?

  • Scromes1212

    The problem with rules like this is the fact that it gets enforced different with different body types. In my humble opinion

  • Scromes1212

    Are you a female? You have to be lol

  • missmiami305

    I agree. The lack of consistency is what really bothers me.

  • missmiami305
  • chris

    These are employees, you wear what your employer tells you to wear. She needs to be quiet before she loses her flight privileges.

  • A D N

    I flew recently to/from Chicago on American in leggings in a snug fitted graphic shirt which covered my butt. I think there is a huge difference between leggings and tights. I'm not trying to be embarrassed because I fly United as well. Leggings on a flight is idea comfort wear! We have to wait 2 hours mostly seated in an airport, (not counting delays), fly 2+ hours many times, and comfort should be allowed. I haven't seen many people in distasteful clothing, because most people know planes are cold.

  • A D N

    So...shorts are allowed, but leggings no? Ridiculous!

  • missmiami305

    I believe she was using a buddy pass and was not a United employee.

  • AggieMom96

    They were using employee passes and so were made to adhere to employee dress codes. Nothing to see here folks.

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    still .. she was traveling on an employee pass and they have dress code rules. if you want to fly free .. dress like you were supposed to...

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    all airlines have dress rules for their employee passes...

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    the only problrm with this is.. they were using employee passes which have RULES attached to the free flight.. there is a dress code.. if you cant wear leggings at work you cant wear them using free passes.

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    in My A.I. Voice: "Leggings.... leggings.. we talk'bout LEGGINGS.. all these girls going missing in Murrikka and yall wanna talk'bout leggings... this is a NONissue ..they broke the rules of the employee pass .. rules are rules.. even to the yt people crying"

  • S C

    If you are travelling on a buddy pass you must dress a bit better as yo are representing the airline. That has been an on going rule, what no one is understanding are the rules that has been there for several years. If I'm offered a buddy pass damn right I'll follow rules.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    This leggings trend has gotten outta hand. If you are lounging at home or going to the mall ok thats not a problem with leggings. But most of yall have seen someone with some black leggings on and you can see they draws. Nobody wants to see it. And if these girl were so young why dress them that way anyway? Buy them a velour (chuckles) or terry cloth material sweatsuit to travel in....

  • interestingconcept1

    Yes, lol...fat ass camel toes, lol

  • interestingconcept1

    Exactly.

  • MistaO

    You should see how many of these girls in school come through wearing this stuff. I give young boys in school a lot of credit.

  • MistaO

    You can tell from the comments here and other sites, females today just plain lazy.

    Like them leggins because it takes less to get their sorry butts appropriately dressed. Too many females just lazy..

  • Mr. LeBrick James

    Yup. Violation of a stated dress code. We all have to follow rules in life. No sympathy over here.

    Next.

  • Mr. LeBrick James

    A lot of credit for what?

  • Mr. LeBrick James

    Yup. You see folk in airports wearing headwraps, pajama pants and bedroom slippers.... like they're just running out to the mailbox to grab their mail.
    Not a good look.

  • chris

    A buddy pass is an employee benefit. Whether you are the employee or a friend you are expected to know and follow the rules or face consequences. Source: I have flight benefits with United. I fly in a suit. Is that necessary? Not really but I'm black so I don't take unnecessary chances.

    To me this sounds like a privileged entitled white women who got checked.

  • Shira Harding-James

    It's all perception... what's considered appropriate and what isn't? Maybe that should be pointed out under the "rules"

  • http://www.beautyisland.weebly.com Indigo

    Anybody see Necole Bitchie win those Competitive Body Buidling trophies? I'm jello..lolol

  • Shira Harding-James

    Oh yes I've seen onsies on adults and children character slippers and I'm just like wow! I've worn workout tights plenty of times before but I also wear a long enough pullover also. They are never see through and always the right size too lol

  • KarmaBackAround

    all that pissed me off about this is you gonna really stop a 10 year old child from boarding for leggings.. if you gonna enforce something, do just that when it comes to adults..thats a child and that was petty as hell! I'm sure her little leggings were appropriate..

  • Shira Harding-James

    Hilarious!

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    the child was using a pass that has rules adhered to it...if you are going to enforce something.. enforce it all the way .that's teaching a child not to follow rules because they are children...

  • 19awesomegrl97

    wonder why they ban leggins tho??

  • missmiami305

    Wow! I didn't know that was her thing. Lemme google.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I don't get it... leggings on kids don't seem like a big deal but I'm sure whoever gave them those buddy passes stressed the need to to adhere to the dress code. It might be an antiquated rule but for the privilege of flying for damn near next to nothing they could get me to wear a potato sack...

  • Yardgirl

    If the rules say no leggings then don't wear them for your "free" flight. Not to make it a color issue but white woman have taken leggings to a whole 'nother level and they feel entitled to wear it where ever they feel like. I do a lot of international flights and I am sick of seeing people in what amounts to tights with their thongs showing. I am all about comfort but I have several velour sweatsuits that I wear and those are very comfortable and none of my private parts are showing. Le sigh.

  • KarmaBackAround

    its a child.. whats inappropriate about a kid in leggings? I could see if it was an adult using this pass and didn't adhere to the rules.. its a kid.. ijs they doing tooo much!

  • Tee Tee

    I love leggings but I wear them underneath my dresses opposed to stockings/pantyhose. Now I would wear a pair with an oversized sweater to go to the store. I don't get what the fuss is about. I didn't even know that airlines had a dress code besides the usual no shoes, no shirt rule.

  • http://realitytea.com/ Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    Yes Captain Kurt you did, and looked damn good while doing it.

  • nick c

    You always know when people are returning home from a vacation they dress like slobs at the airport lol.

  • nick c

    Lol you can fly for 20 bucks with spirit

  • nick c

    I can always spot people going and coming back from vacation. If coming back they always in sleep gear lol.

  • Mrs.Meenie

    You get what you pay for, if it was free then you have to abide by the rules simple and plain as that. You have to pay the cost to be the boss.

  • nick c

    Because of spirit and frontier airlines, I see worst at the airport. And people returning from vacations seem to always dress like slobs

  • Scromes1212

    Are you saying you have a fat camel toe or you hate seeing fat camel toes?lol you know what, never mind lol

  • Luv Pitties

    When I worked for Delta it was understood and stressed to let family and friends know if you wanted to ride in first class you had to dress accordingly otherwise you'll be in coach or not allowed to fly at all of you weren't dressed appropriately. The gate agents do have a right to refuse boarding when flying on standby. These ppl are ignorant; not to mention possibly costing the airline employee their job.

  • Cali

    FREE, FREE, FREE that was the cost of their flights because they were using special privelages. PAYING passengers are NOT subjected to this rule so just PAY and STFU. Everyone always going to social media to whine whilst telling half the story.

  • Yashara Bat Orion

    If there is a fire, that material will melt on their legs and be very painful. I once read an article about the proper attire to travel in to save your life!

  • Tee Tee

    Because some people get offended by seeing women with nice shapes (butts) in leggings.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Clown

  • Yardgirl

    True true!

  • Tink Tink

    Leggins aren't business casual. With a buddy or "employee" pass, you will need dress as if you were an employee.

  • Tink Tink

    I used to work in the airline industry. There are rules when flying on a buddy pass (like dressing business casual when flying), and because of the negative press, that employee will probably lose that benefit.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    They may be see through. Think Meagan Goode.

  • YellowSauce

    if a plane is burning denim WILL NOT save your life ...and furthermore they were asked to wear dresses now what if the dress is made from the same material as the leggings but in a dress form but now you can board because its a dress ... they didn't say don't wear lycra ... it says not to wear leggings since when is the plane a corporate offce

  • YellowSauce

    free or not ... was not right ... These are little girls ... they were doing too damn much ...wake up on the wrong side of the bed and mess up someone's day ...sounds like this woman was mad because she's a miserable fart and has no one to give a buddy pass to .. she has every right to be a douche but mean people SUCK ...

  • YellowSauce

    they are children ...most likely didn't know they were doing anything wrong ... seriously and because they are like 10 years old no one would even look at them like they were dress inappropriately ...what 10 year old dresses in a suit and tie ??? ridiculous ....

  • YellowSauce

    correct ... I didn't even know the rule existed ... lol I've seen lady gaga literally wear panties on a flight ... PANTIES ...

  • Luv Pitties

    I understand that however their parents SHOULD know. A suit and tie isn't necessary for anyone but it was stressed the attire is business casual. So is it my comment that you found ridiculous or your lack of understanding of it?

  • THE Queen

    when ni worked for an airline a long time ago, the rules are IF you are on a company travel pass, it is business casual. bottom line.

  • Cali

    Exactly, why is this a story and these celebs need to get the whole story first because they're all looking really stupid right now.

  • TooMuchTea

    Exactly! That was @sharonwatts responsibility. She flying for FREE, follow the damn rules and stfu!!

  • Cali

    What? I'm going to check it out, I miss her

  • JENNYJONES1

    I DON'T EVEN THINK SHE WAS INVOLVED IN THEIR TRAVELING PARTY, JUST BEING A NOISY BUSY BODY ALL UP IN SOMEONE ELSE'S BUSINESS THINKING SHE WAS A BIG SHOT WITH SOME SORT OF POWER BC SHE'S AN ADVOCATE BUT DIDN'T EVEN KNOW ALL OF THE FACTS. SHE'S LOOKING REAL STUPID RIGHT ABOUT NOW. STARTING ALL OF THIS BS FOR NOTHING. SMH!!!.......JENNY JONES!!!

  • JENNYJONES1

    H3LL MAYBE THEIR JOB OR THE REST OF THEIR PASSES. THIS IS WHY THEY HAVE TO BE SUPER CAREFUL WHO THEY GIVE THEIR PASSES TO. A LOT OF PEOPLE KEEP THINKING THIS IS ABOUT THE AIRLINES BEING PETTY ABOUT SOME LEGGINGS BUT IT'S DEEPER THAN THAT AND IF I WAS THE EMPLOYEE I WOULD'VE CURSED OUT THE PARENTS OF THE KIDS FOR NOT FOLLOWING THE RULES AND JEOPARDIZING ISH.........JENNY JONES!!!

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    Exactly she was being a busy body pretending to be a concerned citizen. I don't think the employee will lose their job that gave the passes because of this negative press alone . I think ithey will lose privileges and/or be reprimanded because the passengers were not dressed appropriately. You have to keep your friends and family in check. Trying to do a favor and then it turns to a national fiasco.

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    These rules are in place for "pass travelers" who are family of airline employees. Regular , paying passengers don't have to follow such stringent dress codes. Celebrities and the rich don't seem to have to follow any dress code either or it's not enforced. I knew there was a dress code though because I remember a story where a lady was on the Today show I think and was complaining of being told to change. She was told if she didn't couldn't board.

  • EMILY POST

    Who knows some people do leggings justice and others not so much...... Leggings or stockings because some people dont know the difference and the wear see through ones that are not meant to be worn without a cover... I have seen that a lot too and they wear the incorrect.
    Leggings without a long shirt or is it tights or are they wearing stockings. Some people just don't have a clue... Oh and when they wear see through they always have on the craziest underwear... lol It depends.

  • parisjok

    yes. yes. yes. grown females have lost their minds out here today!!! wearing leggings that should ONLY be worn by girls NOT grown women unless they wear cover up.

    not wearing a cover up is the exact same thing as the males walking around with their pants hanging off their behinds, no difference except it looks much more skankier on the woman

  • parisjok

    when you think about it these 10 year old girls are not so little anymore. back in the day with them having much more outdoor play and much less fast food they were much smaller. now some look like half grown women that are much more developed in certain places!!!

  • parisjok

    so funny but so true

  • parisjok

    Smokie Robinson says he seconds that emotion!!!

  • YellowSauce

    To expect a child to be business casual is completely retarded (they should be comforable) and so is the person that upheld that rule ... and is there ANYONE that can explain what business casual for kids is ???? I have literally seen lady gaga in panties in the airport … so yes I completely understood your statement but it doesn’t make what happened okay … it WAS ridiculous

  • Yardgirl

    Exactly!!

  • KarmaBackAround

    I have to agree 100% on that! these babies are far more developed than we were at 10!

  • Luv Pitties

    Toddlers, no. However parents are expected to abide by the rules set forth and therefore instill it in their children.

    In this case seeing to it that they did not go to the airport dressed in that fashion. This is ridiculous in itself to go against the rules and get mad when they get enforced that is beyond ridiculous AND ignorant.

  • Dowoop

    Leggings is not a staple in my wardrobe! I own like 3 and they are for below sweater dresses or a long shirt. Definately not to be worn as pants everyday.

  • Shira Harding-James

    It's look ghetto to me

  • Lola

    What the public failed to realize was these two passengers were dependent pass riders. They were kids of United Airline employees. We have a dress code when we fly because we represent the company. When your flying with the company you're suppose to uphold a certain look. Someone was being nosey and all they heard was their not being boarded and they have to change, they know the rules and if they didn't know their parent should have told them. It doesn't pay to ear hustle people.. sometimes minding your own damn business is the best choice..

  • Yashara Bat Orion

    Who said anything about denim Einstein?

  • YellowSauce

    If you had any intelligence you would understand the point I made BatFace and so yes to YOU I AM Einstein ...