On March 26th a debate on sexism erupted across Twitter involving United Airlines. Gate agents stopped 2 young girls from boarding their flight, due to a violation in the company dress code.
A series of tweets by Shannon Watts sparked a Twitter frenzy for United Airlines.
Twitter responded in true Twitter fashion; complete outrage with a lack of information.
Once United responded, they explained that the passengers were a part of the company’s “pass rider” program. This program allows family and friends of United employees to fly for free, or at a discounted rate. These pass members are seen as representatives of the airline and have a dress code that must be followed.
With this logical explanation, people started to side with United.
However, these are young girls, and that is not sitting well with many. (Especially celebrities)
While people understand the dress code policy, these girls are children.
It seems no matter how many times United responds, they keep getting backlash that they are ignoring the fact that they are regulating children.
The girls that were stopped are probably going to question their outfits from now on. When you’re traveling, you just want to be comfortable. Who would want to wear a dress on a cold airplane? Why is a dress considered business attire for females?
This incident was blown out of proportion by some, but there are still some justifiable questions that arose from it.
- Should airline policies apply to children?
- Should United update their policy on what business attire means for women?
- Why do so many problems come from the way women choose to dress?
Go ahead and rock your leggings as pants, but if you’re flying for free, double check the company’s policy.