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Airline facing backlash for barring girls wearing leggings

A group of girls wearing leggings were forced to change when trying to board an United Airlines flight on the weekend.

Controversy ensued on Twitter when activist Shannon Watts said an agent didn’t let some girls who were wearing leggings board the flight from Denver to Minneapolis due to the spandex material.

According to Watts, the girls had to change or put a dress on over their pants.

A United spokesperson said people who are flying as a companion to an employee and receiving a discounted rate are asked to follow a dress code as they are “representing UA when they fly.”

Despite the explanation, people have been speaking out on the rule.

In an official response, United Airlines assured that the rule ONLY applies to those taking advantage of employee benefits (known as "pass riders").

"These are relatives or friends who also receive the benefit of free or heavily discounted air travel – on our airline as well as on airlines around the world where we have mutual agreements in place for employees and pass riders," the company wrote. "The passengers this morning were United pass riders and not in compliance with our dress code for company benefit travel. We regularly remind our employees that when they place a family member or friend on a flight for free as a standby passenger, they need to follow our dress code."

"To our regular customers, your leggings are welcome."

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