On Sunday, two girls were stopped from boarding a United Airlines flight from Denver to Minneapolis until they changed their attire. The two girls, who were wearing leggings, were asked to change into something or put on a dress if they wanted to board. According to United Airlines, the company does have a dress code for United pass travellers, employees, and family of employees who travel on heavily discounted or free tickets. It reads… “Such travellers should be well-groomed, neat, clean, and in good taste.”
However, after the incident went viral, United Airlines went on to explain that the two girls were pass travellers and that all pass riders and employees are considered representatives of the airline. In order to reap the company benefits, they must be in compliance with their dress code. Regular costumers are not subjected to these rules.
United Airlines is still under scrutiny though for trying to “set cultural appropriateness” as they have clearly misread their customer base. Instead of trying to be more open about how people dress in this day and age, their rules are doing the opposite, especially targeting females.
By Rhea Braganza