United Airlines, like most large companies, has a dress code policy for employees and anyone who at any time represents the company. This is nothing new, but one passenger decided to make it her business when she witnessed what she deemed as an “injustice.” And as usual, the event was blown totally out of proportion.
The founder of Moms Demand Action, Shannon Watts, was apparently boarding a United Airline flight Sunday night when she allegedly claimed three girls, one of which was a 10-year-old, were barred from entering the flight because they were wearing yoga pants.
The anti-gun feminist then went on a Twitter tirade against the airline for being sexist and hindering young girls by dictating what they can and cannot wear. “I guess [United’s] not letting women wear athletic wear?” she said.
This goes on and on via a rapid succession of Tweets that quickly went viral. “This behavior is sexist and sexualizes young girls. Not to mention that the families were mortified and inconveninced [sic],” wrote Watts.
“As the mother of 4 daughters who live and travel in yoga pants, I’d like to know how many boys [United] has penalized for the same reason,” she added.
Hollywood celebrity Chrissy Teigen even decided to get in on the “social injustice” by tweeting, “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.”
But the thing is, this is not even what happened, according to United spokesman Jonathan Guerin, who spoke to CNN.
The two teenagers, whose ages were not identified by the airline, were notified by a female gate agent that their leggings violated the travel pass dress code. There was ‘no uproar, no tears’ and the teenagers left the gate area without incident, according to Guerin.
A second group in line behind the teenagers, including a younger girl also wearing leggings, is believed by United to have seen the exchange between the gate agent and the teenagers who were denied boarding, according to Guerin. A woman in the party took a dress out of the party’s carry-on luggage to cover the younger girl.
Guerin said there was no exchange between the family with the younger girl and the gate attendant nor was there any mention of the dress code to the family, which was believed to be flying on a regular ticket. They departed on the flight to Denver.
Yup, that’s right it was completely blown out of proportion by Watts and her band of social justice warriors. The real kicker here is Watt wasn’t even involved in the incident, nor did she speak with security or the family. She was just another bystander looking on.
No one’s rights were denied and I’m pretty sure the young girls were not embarrassed – unless Watts making a big deal embarrassed them. No, this was simply a business enforcing their longstanding dress code policy for those that fly for free under a company perk know as the “pass traveler.”
So come on, people, let’s focus on the true injustices out there. Not the ones created by people with too much time on their hands.