Leggings on a plane: don’t ban the ideal travel garment

Just when you think the list of restrictions for air travel couldn’t get any longer, along comes another: leggings. In the US United Airlines has sparked quite a storm after denying travel to a young girl wearing stretchy leggings.

On March 26th, passenger Shannon Watts tweeted the airline asking why girls in leggings were not allowed.

Watts – an anti-gun activist – claimed the gate agent at Denver airport had denied entry to an aircraft to teenage girls, and was told her spandex was “not allowed”, adding: “She’s forcing them to change or put dresses on over leggings or they can’t board.”

United Airlines pointed Watts in the direction of their policy, and defended their right to refuse a passenger entry based on apparel. The girls in question were said to be travelling on a “United pass” (often for crew and their families), and were subjected to a different dress code.

“Our regular passengers are not going to be denied boarding because they are wearing leggings or yoga pants,” an airline spokeswoman said. “But when flying as a pass traveller, we require pass travellers to follow rules, and that is one of those rules.”

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