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United Airlines Slammed on Social Media for Banning Girls Wearing Leggings

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United Airlines Gets Pulverized on Twitter for Banning Girls Wearing Leggings
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United Airlines could use a better flight-plan to navigate the latest social media storm—all over leggings.

According to The New York Times, on Sunday, United Airlines barred a pair of teenage girls wearing leggings from boarding a flight at Denver International Airport en route to Minneapolis. A third girl had to pull on a dress over her gray leggings to stay onboard the flight.

United subsequently defended its actions on Twitter.

The story was reported in real time by a concerned passenger, who also happened to be a local activist… and a mother of five.

This, of course, led to a volcanic eruption of tweets—including from several celebrities—defending the girls’s rights to their wardrobe on Twitter. Here are some of the best ones.

Lost in the uproar, however, was the fact that the two girls apparently weren’t customers. They were flying on the company’s pass travel program: Free tickets usually reserved for employees and their families.  The philosophy, in that case, can be viewed as a rigid standard of a less casual dress code for travelers that represent the company.

United followed up the initial rush of angry tweets by further defending its dress code policy.