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Celebrities Aren’t Happy About United Airline’s Legging Scandal


Leggings are likely the most polarizing piece of fashion you own. Are they pants? Are they workout wear? Are they appropriate attire for air travel? There really is no simple answer!

The controversy shook the Internet this weekend, when Twitter user Shannon Watts witnessed two teenagers and a 10-year-old girl be denied entry onto a United Airlines flight. Why? Because a gate agent deemed their body-hugging, form-fitting leggings as “improper attire”.

United defended this decision, citing that the girls were travelling as guests of an airline employee and therefore are subject to a dress code.

Needless to say, the incident struck a nerve with women (and men!) who have made leggings a staple in their wardrobe. Thankfully, celebrities—who seem to really love leggings—came to the young girls’ defense.

The biggest call out: it seems United Airlines is policing the apparel of just one gender. The arbitrary dress code sexualizes women’s bodies in a way that’s outdated and unacceptable, especially in the case of a 10-year-old girl.

Perhaps the most iconic string of Tweets comes unexpected legging advocate, William Shatner.

On behalf of fashionistas everywhere, thank you Mr. Shatner for lending us your voice.

And if you’re planning to fly with United in the future, don’t fret—they care about the comfort of paying customers. The airline issued a statement about the incident, concluding, “To our regular customers, your leggings are welcome.”

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