In this Sept. 8, 2015, file photo, a United Airlines passenger plane lands at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J. United said on Monday, March 27, 2017, that regular-paying fliers are welcome to wear leggings aboard its flights, even though two teenage girls were barred by a gate agent from boarding a flight from Denver to Minneapolis Sunday because of their attire. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

5 things to know about United Airlines leggings incident

Two girls were barred from their United Airlines flight from Denver to Minneapolis early this week because they were wearing leggings.

The incident spurred a frenzy of opinions on social media, even causing competing airlines to use the incident to promote their own flights. Here are five things to about the incident:

1. The two girls were not allowed onto a morning flight on Sunday because they were traveling under an employee travel pass, which includes a dress code, according to a spokesman for United Airlines.

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2. That dress code bars pass travelers from wearing spandex or pants made of Lycra. The girls changed their clothing and agreed to take a flight later in the day, according to United Airlines.

3. Average passengers can still wear what they want on flights. Regularly ticketed passengers are not subject to the same dress code as those who are traveling with an employee travel pass, according to a spokesman for United.

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4. A third girl was also traveling using an employee pass and would’ve also been barred from the flight, but slipped a dress on over the leggings. Witnesses at the airport questioned the validity of the airline’s policy.

5. Though the airline explained what its policies were, people still took to social media to share their opinion about the incident.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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