Flight attendant — United Airlines had every right to refuse girl wearing leggings on plane
It's getting exhausting that celebrities go to social media to create controversy instead of putting things into context. And of course many members of the media make it worse, not better. There was a very misleading story about the 'controversy' involving United Airlines and leggings. The truth is that the company has a dress code for guests and families of employees who are flying either at no cost or at a significant discount. The tweets that attacked the airline were out of line and out of context. Here's the airline's public statement:
Let us take a moment to explain today's news:
We care about the way we present ourselves to you, our customers, as we believe that is part of the experience on board our flights. One of the benefits of working for an airline is that our employees are able to travel the world. Even better, they can extend this privilege to a select number of what we call "pass riders." These are relatives or friends who also receive the benefit of free or heavily discounted air travel – on our airline as well as on airlines around the world where we have mutual agreements in place for employees and pass riders.
When taking advantage of this benefit, all employees and pass riders are considered representatives of United. And like most companies, we have a dress code that we ask employees and pass riders to follow. The passengers this morning were United pass riders and not in compliance with our dress code for company benefit travel. We regularly remind our employees that when they place a family member or friend on a flight for free as a standby passenger, they need to follow our dress code.
To our regular customers, your leggings are welcome.
We had a flight attendant on air with us who told us that the story was wrong and that the airline has strict rules about people flying as a family or friend or a crew member.