Ever since I was a kid, I have been on many airplanes for vacation trips. I took flights to PRSSA conferences, to California (one of my personal favorite trips!), to Miami for the cruise the next day, and even to Georgia to visit my extended family. It was always exciting to pack my favorite games to bring with me on the plane. Now that I’m older and security has tightened up even more around the airlines (thanks to 9/11), getting through the airport is pure HELL.
We used to be hopeful adventurers who were enthusiastic about flying, but now we’ve succumbed to becoming lab rats being pulled into institutionalized buildings where employees scream directions to us every minute. “Take your shoes OFF and put ALL electronic devices into the tray NOW!”, says the disgruntled worker to all passengers. All this screaming and yelling over basic instructions has decreased our enthusiasm about flying. If that isn’t enough to cause you to go insane, then you’ll lose it even more when you find out that some airlines won’t let you on board because of the way you are dressed. This particular scenario happened recently with United Airlines.
Here’s the PR nightmare for today: two girls were boarding a flight in Denver to head back to Minneapolis on Sunday morning. Since the girls were wearing leggings, United Airlines barred the girls from boarding the flight. To make matters even more embarrassing, they were forced to change into a dress when the gate agent thought that the leggings were inappropriate. United Airlines doubled down on their decision through a series of tweets. This news was first posted by Twitter user Shannon Watts, a passenger who witnessed the scene while boarding a flight to Mexico.
Let me get this straight…two young girls, that weren’t even teenagers yet, were barred and forced to put on a dress because of their style choice. Not because they wore something that promoted sex/drugs/violence, but simply because they wanted to wear leggings. Seriously guys…LEGGINGS are what barred the two tween girls from flying United Airlines. To make matters even worse, they were forced to put on a dress in front of EVERYONE at the gate. This PR nightmare is on another level of stupidity that its hurting my brain.
This sexist story hit the social media bug, causing a wildfire of shocked reactions from users everywhere. More users were offended by the PR nightmare rather than the girls that decided to wear leggings on board. Airline companies like Delta took to Twitter to troll United Airlines with their preposterous rule. Even after the shocking reactions from users appalled by the nightmare, United Airlines STILL stood by with their decision.
Jesus Christ…just when I thought airports couldn’t get even more frustrating. What is this country coming to? Since when did we start allowing gate attendants to judge what’s proper clothing for women to wear onboard the airplane? Not too long ago, people secretly had sex on a plane before landing (which was called ‘joining the Mile-High Club’). Now we’ve gotten to the point of paranoia that we can’t allow tween girls to wear leggings on board the plane. This PR nightmare really set a bad tone for United Airlines and their culture.
As a man, I think it’s absolutely preposterous that United Airlines barred the girls just because they wanted to wear leggings. I could give a shit what women are wearing (whether it’s a big dress or tiny skirt) because I respect women for who they are. Women should be allowed for choosing what to wear and not feel judged based on some bullshit sexist issues. If you’re a woman and want to wear leggings on a plane, go ahead and do that (I’ll give you brownie points if they have a pot leaves on them!). Leggings are an appropriate style choice, not some slutty accessory that would be deemed unacceptable in American culture.
Next time I’m planning a trip, I’ll be sure to wear some leggings before heading to my destination (probably something with pot leaves or horrific monsters as a design!). There ARE such things as leggings for men and I’ve been thinking about purchasing a pair. I’ll have to search for some good ones before I’m flying out for vacation.
With that, I call on all women to wear whatever clothes that they enjoy. You do YOU, girl! No man/woman can tell you that your fashion sense isn’t deemed ‘appropriate’ to wear!