Leggings and yoga pants: When tight trousers get controversial

"[T]wo girls were stopped from boarding a United Airlines flight because they were wearing leggings. The girls were flying as guests of employees, and thus were subject to the company's dress code." BBC News

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Bert Perry's picture

This is really a tough one; many people call pants with ease "mom jeans" these days, and not without reason; fashion houses are trying to make pants without hiring anyone who knows how to sew a real seam, and they're making up for it by adding spandex to everything to make it sort of "fit".  Hence "jeggings" and the like.  

Since not all families do the work to encourage young ladies to have a little bit of ease in their pants, what United is saying is that the daughters of many of their employees are going to need to travel wearing sweats or skirts.  

Interesting to see United running into the same buzz saw that plagues summer camps and schools nationwide, though. 

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Bert Perry's picture

.....is that the scandal with lululemon yoga pants was described as their being "considered" too sheer.  Well, yes, I "consider" a garment too sheer when I can see through it, but ordinary people would say they "were" too sheer, or that they were "see-through".  

This is, sad to say, the world we're living in.  The bright side is the strange phrasing is an indication that the writers would admit that it was wrong to go out in public with one's privates showing.  They simply don't want to admit that this was the case with LuluLemon.

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Jim's picture

United has a dress code for people traveling on an employee's travel pass


When an airline employee gives free or discounted flights to a relative or friend, the ticket comes with strings and limitations. There's no guarantee that "non-revenue" travelers will actually get a seat — you're flying standby, and only get to board if there's room. And there's a code of conduct; behaving obnoxiously might get the person who gave you the pass in trouble.

That also includes a dress code. It seems archaic, given the casual attire of modern air travel, but airlines believe that buddy pass users, like employees, are representing the airline. Online guides to using buddy passes warn that the dress codes are no joke.

I worked for American Airlines for 2 years: We could use our passes to fly (basically for free back then) but had to wear a sport coat, dress shirt & tie, dress slacks and dress shoes. The rule was for employees!


Aaron Blumer's picture


Sure looks to me like it was about the leggings. Not compliant with dress code.

Those people at United are such legalists. Wink

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bob rogish's picture

My brother has worked for AA for over 25 years.  When he first told our parents about flying as family of an employee, they were sent a video tape from American Airlines called something like "The Rights and the Wrongs" which was nothing but how they were to be dressed.  My brother still follows these rules when he jets as an employee.  


Bob Rogish