The upholding of its rules drew the wrath of professional busybody Shannon Watts, head of the Bloomberg-funded Astroturf group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which opposes at least one amendment to the Constitution.
She tweeted about it and the Fake News media initially ran stories without comment from the airline, but boy did they quote Watts.
“I have five kids: four of them are women. They wear yoga pants all of the time when flying. I think this policy is arbitrary and sexist. It singles out women for their clothing and sexualizes little girls,” Watts told the Washington Post.
But why quote her? She knew nothing about the case. She just happened to be at the airport waiting to board a different airplane.
Oh wait. She is a Marxist and the liberal media never questions their word or their motive.
The Associated Press decided model Chrissy Teigen is an expert on airline travel. The wire service quoted a tweet, “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.”
This happened on Sunday.
Today, the airline's side of the story is being told.
After eight paragraphs (six devoted to Watts's opinion) and re-posting four tweets from her, the New York Times finally reported:
Jonathan Guerin, a spokesman for United, confirmed that two teenage girls were told they could not board a flight from Denver to Minneapolis because their leggings violated the company’s dress code policy for “pass travelers,” a company benefit that allows United employees and their dependents to travel for free on a standby basis.
Mr. Guerin said pass travelers are “representing” the company and as such are not allowed to wear Lycra and spandex leggings, tattered or ripped jeans, midriff shirts, flip-flops or any article of clothing that shows their undergarments.
“It’s not that we want our standby travelers to come in wearing a suit and tie or that sort of thing,” he said. “We want people to be comfortable when they travel as long as it’s neat and in good taste for that environment.”
He said both teenage girls stayed behind in Denver, “made an adjustment” to their outfits and waited for the next flight to Minneapolis. Mr. Guerin did not know if they had successfully boarded or not, and also had no information about the girl Ms. Watts said she saw change into a dress at the gate.Oh so that is it.
The airline does not want to be represented by employees or their families who dress like slobs.
Seems like a small price to pay for the trip.
The Fox News account began:
United Airlines came under fire Sunday after two teenage girls were barred by a gate attendant from boarding a flight from Denver to Minneapolis because they were wearing leggings.
The girls, whose ages were not specified, were not allowed onto the morning flight because they were traveling under an employee travel pass that includes a specific dress code, airline spokesman Jonathan Guerin said.That is how grown-ups report the news.
Who, what, where, when, why, and how -- and oh, get both sides of the story in. Equally.
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