United Airlines is being criticized for not allowing two teenage girls on a flight because they were wearing leggings.
The company has since defended themselves saying they have the right to refuse passengers who are not properly clothed when they’re “pass travelers.” “Pass travelers” are relatives or friends of an airline employee who are flying for free or at a discounted rate.
The airline requires anyone flying under that status to represent the company well, and are required to follow their dress code which prohibit spandex pants.
Many people feel the dress code is sexist and old-fashioned. Janet Bednarek, an aviation historian, explained that flying used to be a glamorous event where everyone dressed in business attire.
The dress code may seem outdated, however it doesn’t appear the airline is considering changing their policy.