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United Airlines dress code for buddy passes – Were girls travelling on free tickets?

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LOS ANGELES— United Airlines is facing mounting criticism from air travelers across the world as it didn’t allow two young girls in leggings to board the flight. This is not the first time that the leading airliner has done it.

There have been similar instances in the past. But it is the first time that two ten year old girls were refused to fly and were allowed only when they changed their clothes.

A CBSLocal report while talking about the incident said that it happened on the flight from Denver to Minneapolis.

Moms Demand Action founder, Shannon Watts tweeted, “they just boarded after being forced to change or put dresses on over the top of their clothing.” In response, United Airlines initially cited their “Contract of Carriage, Rule 21,” in which they state that they have the “right to refuse transport for passengers.”

The United Airlines took to the Twitter to clear the air and said, “The passengers this morning were United pass riders who were not in compliance with our dress code policy for company benefit travel.”

There is no denying that the airliner has a traveler dress code in place that actually bans “form-fitting lycra/spandex tops, pants and dress.” The policy concludes, “Customer service’s judgment will prevail in all matters pertaining to the dress code.” In response to United’s “dress code” statements, Moms Demand Action founder, Shannon Watts countered, “The father had shorts on. Two young women in leggings booted from a flight and a girl had to put a dress on over leggings in order to board.” The dress code says that shorts are allowed as long as they “do not meet 3 inches above the knee when in a standing position.”

Lucky at One Mile at a Time goes on to say that the girls may have been traveling on “buddy passes,” which are essentially free tickets that are given to friends/family members of United employees. These “pass riders” are considered non-revenue passengers and are subject to a stricter dress code, compared to regular, revenue passengers.

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