The two girls were traveling with their family.
It all started when Shannon Watts tweeted about the girls being stopped on Sunday morning due to their leggings.
Watts tweeted that the girls were finally allowed to board after putting dresses on top of what they were wearing.1) A @united gate agent isn't letting girls in leggings get on flight from Denver to Minneapolis because spandex is not allowed?
Watts, founder of the Moms Demand Action campaign, said the female gate agent turned away two young women for wearing leggings because they didn't have anything to change into.
"I don't make the rules, I just enforce them", the agent told the passengers, Watts said. They did this repeatedly to pretty much anyone who bothered asking what was going on.
The contract's only mention of dress code is to allow agents the right to refuse anyone who is "barefoot or not properly clothed". But the concept that adolescent girls wearing leggings is improper sparked outrage on social media. In its contract, however, the airline does not define "proper clothing". They tried to explain this to actress Patricia Arquette, who ended up getting involved, but once again did so in an unbelievably tone deaf manner. They continued with a post stating, "We remind all of our employees to review pass travel attire requirements before using their travel privileges".
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Keep in mind one of the girls is 10 years old.
United did not immediately respond to a request from The Hill for comment.
'If leggings aren't allowed then what about shorts and dresses.
After the tweet went viral and the company was slammed with dozens of tweets from baffled customers, the airline clarified the passengers trying to board were United Pass riders - an employee pass which requires all pass holders to follow a dress code, which according to the company, the teens did not meet.
Airline spokesman Jonathan Guerin said that a pass traveler is someone that flies on standby under employee benefit.