Girls stopped from boarding United flight for wearing leggings

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United Airlines banned two girls from boarding a flight for wearing leggings which the airline deemed inappropriate.

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Two girls at Denver International Airport were stopped from boarding a United flight heading to Minneapolis yesterday for wearing leggings. Gate workers wouldn't allow the girls to board the plane until they had changed what the airline deemed to be "inappropriate" outfits.

The airline has said that they were flying as guests of employees and were expected to follow the airline's strict company dress code, which asks passengers to dress with "good taste". It bans form-fitting trousers such as leggings and yoga pants, spandex, lycra and any sort of ripped jeans or clothing.

The two girls were reportedly only around 11 and 12 years old and were travelling with their parents. One of the girls was told to put a dress on over her leggings before being allowed to board the flight, whilst her father, who was reported to be wearing shorts that were at least 2 inches above his knee, experienced no issues.

Spokesperson for United Airlines, Jonathan Guerin, said: "It's not that we want our standby travellers to come in wearing a suit and tie or that sort of thing, we want people to be comfortable when they travel as long as it's neat and in good taste for that environment."

Guerin stressed that the girls would have never been turned away if they were paying customers but due to representing the company they had to follow their rules.

Tight fitting garments such as leggings and popular "yoga pants" are worn by many women when flying for their ease and comfort. For others, they are far too revealing or inappropriate. In October last year a man in Rhode Island, Alan Sorrentino, sent a formal complaint to a local newspaper saying that women should not be allowed to wear this kind of clothing.

"Like the mini-skirt, yoga pants can be adorable on children and young women who have the benefit of nature's blessing of youth. However, on mature adult women there is something bizzare and disturbing about the appearance they make in public."

His email generated a "yoga pants protest" where many hundreds of women took to the streets in their leggings and yoga pants to demonstrate against unfair opinions on the garments. Jamie Bee, one of the organisers of the protest, told the BBC: "For me and many others, it's the principle. Why do people feel the need to tell others how to dress?"

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