Outrage erupts online after girls wearing leggings banned from flight

Outrage has erupted online after three girls were reportedly banned from boarding a United Airlines flight for wearing leggings.

A US mother tweeted about the incident as it was unfolding at a boarding gate at Denver International Airport on Sunday.

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


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“She’s forcing them to change or put dresses on over leggings or they can’t board.”

United Airlines responded to the woman’s tweets saying they have “the right to refuse transport for passengers who are barefoot or not properly clothed”.

They also said the rules were stricter for the girls because they were United “pass riders” which are either relatives or friends of United employees and receive discounted rates.

Their response didn’t stop people from inundating social media over the incident, with celebrities also weighing in on the debate.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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