Girls barred from flight because of how they were dressed

By Kim Abrahams
28 March 2017

“I think this policy is arbitrary and sexist. It singles out women for their clothing and sexualises little girls.”

In an incident that caused uproar on Twitter, a 10-year-old girl was stopped from boarding her flight because she was wearing tights.

The unknown little girl was about to embark a United Airlines plane from Denver to Minneapolis in the US on Sunday morning when she was barred and told by officials that her attire was ‘inappropriate’.

The minor, who reportedly was clad in grey tights, was told to change into a dress before she could board the flight.

Read more: Men in tights? Men get leggy with new fashion trend Those who witnessed the incident took to Twitter to voice their grievances.

According to The Washington Post, two other girls were also not allowed on the plane due to their choice of pants. They were both wearing leggings.

Shannon Watts was a passenger on the plane when she overheard what was happening with the family next to her. According to Shannon, the female agent told the young girls they couldn’t get on the plane dressed in tights.

“I don’t make the rules; I just enforce them,” she told them, Watts said.

The 10-year-old in grey leggings took a dress out from her backpack and put it over her leggings. However, the other two girls had no extra clothing on hand and had to turn around.

“I think this policy is arbitrary and sexist. It singles out women for their clothing and sexualises little girls,” Shannon said after the incident.

Read more: Ward off unwanted male attention with ‘hairy-leg’ tights

The airline company responded to the protesting tweets with a line from their policy.

They then copy and pasted the exact line multiple times in response to other Twitter users. The airline later elaborated on the incidents by saying the girls were pass-riders and didn’t have a general ticket – apparently pass-riders are family of United employees or employees themselves, who are allowed on a flight if there are open spaces available.

However, people weren’t fazed by the company’s statement.

"Actually no one would have noticed the difference between pass riders and regular riders," one commented.

The company later said in a tweet:


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