For many women, leggings are a staple of their jet-setting uniform. So it came as a surprise to athleisure lovers on Twitter that United Airlines prevented two girls from boarding a flight Sunday from Denver to Minneapolis, just because they were wearing spandex.
Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action, tweeted that she witnessed two girls in “normal and appropriate” leggings being prevented from boarding a United Airlines flight. As you can imagine — in this day and age — it caused a social media uproar.
According to the airline, the girls “were United pass riders who were not in compliance with our dress code policy for company benefit travel.”
The passengers this morning were United pass riders who were not in compliance with our dress code policy for company benefit travel.
— United Airlines (@united) March 26, 2017
via USA Today:
Oscar winner Patricia Arquette tweeted at the airline, saying, “This is terrible,” and asking, “Do you have a secondary fail safe from a supervisor to make these calls?” United’s reply didn’t earn them many fans: “Casual attire is allowed as long as it looks neat and is in good taste for the local environment.”
Comedian Sarah Silverman wrote that she’s boycotting United, because the airline’s attire rules are much stricter on women than men.
Stars including LeVar Burton and Keegan Allen also tweeted directly to United, complaining that the attire rules are unjust, and Seth Rogen sarcastically tweeted that United is “Cool, right?” because the airline is just “trying to police the attire of the daughters of our employees!”
Supermodel Chrissy Teigen chimed in, “I have flown united before with literally no pants on. Just a top as a dress. Next time I will wear only jeans and a scarf.”
Comic Cameron Esposito joked that the incident was a “true action thriller” called “Leggings on a Plane.”
To make matters worse for United, a Twitter user found a 2016 United ad that featured a model in yoga pants.
Check out a few of the celebrity reaction tweets below.
I have flown united before with literally no pants on. Just a top as a dress. Next time I will wear only jeans and a scarf.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) March 26, 2017
Leggings are business attire for 10 year olds. Their business is being children.
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) March 26, 2017
See? ?? I've done it before! ?? pic.twitter.com/MC6P144kjL
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 26, 2017
I understand. I suggest u consider updating ur rules 4 friends & fam as they seem to apply mostly 2 females & are outdated. https://t.co/41chqN32Q0
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) March 26, 2017
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) March 26, 2017