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Artículo United Airlines barred two girls from a flight because they were wearing leggings News

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United Airlines barred two girls from a flight because they were wearing leggings

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29 Marzo 2017 17:03

'Please mansplain to me why a 10 yr old in leggings is "inappropriate attire"'

 

On Sunday, US airline United Airlines barred two girls from boarding a flight because they were wearing leggings. Activist Shannon Watts, who witnessed the event, took to Twitter to explain that the girls were given two choices: change their clothes or miss their flight to Minneapolis.

'This behavior is sexist and sexualizes young girls. Not to mention that the families were mortified and inconvenienced,' Watts wrote on Twitter. 'As the mother of 4 daughters who live and travel in yoga pants, I'd like to know how many boys United has penalized for the same reason.' Watts added that the girls' father was allowed to board despite wearing shorts.

United Airlines tried to explain away the controversy to Twitter users. But they didn't do a great job.  

United then clarified that the girls who were turned away were 'pass travellers' – relatives of United employees who fly for free or at a discount, but also with the obligation to follow a strict dress policy that you can see here.

'There is a dress code for pass travellers as they are representing UA when they fly. The passengers this morning were United pass riders who were not in compliance with our dress code policy for company benefit travel. Casual attire is allowed as long as it looks neat and is in good taste for the local environment.' They went on to say in a statement that for regular customers, leggings are welcome.

But none of this did much to quench the vitriol, and social media users continued to express their profound disagreement with the company's policies. 

Writer Dana Schwartz was one of those to make a stand against the airline, taking advantage of the situation to ask women on Twitter to share the first time they had been made to feel embarrassed or sexualised for their clothing. 

Hundreds of women replied to Schwartz, recounting their own experiences of being shamed for their choice of clothes.

 

It's starting to look like things haven't changed all that much in the past 40 years.

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