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March 28, 2017 Headline News 2 Comments Email Email

A United Airlines gate agent stopped two girls from boarding a US domestic flight on Sunday because they were wearing tight yoga pants, sometimes called leggings.

A woman aboard the flight tweeted: “A @united gate agent isn’t letting girls in leggings get on flight from Denver to Minneapolis because spandex is not allowed?”

Responding on Twitter, United Airlines confirmed that gate agents had full discretion in the matter.

Yoga pants in acceptable surroundings

A social media storm erupted – but then it turned out the girls (whose ages were not disclosed) were flying as guests of employees, and thus had to comply with the company’s dress code.

Yoga pants are not new and some brands, so tight and revealing they seem almost to be sprayed onto the legs, have caused controversy in the US before.

Once confined to the yoga floor, they are now viewed by many as an alternative to jeans.

In a famous segment on the Jimmy Kimmel show a year or two ago, US host Kimmel jokingly claimed the controversial pants were “so tight that they cut off circulation to the part of your brain that decides how much money its OK to spend on yoga pants”.

Kimmel’s two-minute clip features a hilarious mock commercial. It went viral and notched up 3.7 million views:

Last October, the BBC has reported, a man in the US state of Rhode Island sent a letter to his local newspaper, demanding that women over 20 stop wearing yoga pants.

“Like the mini-skirt, yoga pants can be adorable on children and young women who have the benefit of nature’s blessing of youth. However, on mature, adult women there is something bizarre and disturbing about the appearance they make in public,” Alan Sorrentino wrote.

Sorrentino’s apparently earnest plea sparked a “yoga pants protest”, bringing hundreds of women onto the street wearing the tight garments.

Sorrentino later said his letter was meant to be satirical.

Meanwhile, United Airlines has since clarified the rules. Regular passengers are not subject to the same ban as the girls on Sunday’s flight – so stand by for more tight yoga pants, coming to a flight near you.

Written by Peter Needham

Currently there are "2 comments" on this Article:

  1. Peter says:

    Most US carriers have staff travel dress code policies that are away with the pixies. They are not in line with reality or common practice or general fashion. They are anachronous..

    And they have gate agent enforcers (who are on power trips) who go out of their way to enforce them. They are like the “morality police” within ISIS.

    I was an executive of an airline and entitled to standby discount travel on a multitude of airlines. But FYI these discounts are not exclusive to executive staff. They can be anyone from the cleaner to the CEO. And the entitlement includes your immediate family. Travel agents have similar entitlements. But you cannot book a seat. You list for a space-available seat. You are on standby until the last moment.

    One time standing by for a flight out of Dallas to New York, my wife was targeted by one of the gate-agent horrors.

    My wife was middle aged and an attractive lady and a conservative classic dresser.

    It was the middle of summer in Texas and very hot. My wife was dressed in a conservative summer dress. It was not short and revealed no cleavage.

    Do you know why she was threatened with refused boarding?


    Crazy. No women were wearing stockings. In fact most were gross overweight women wearing shorts and certainly no stockings.

    I was astounded. When I asked why my wife was being singled out like this when she was dressed better than 99% of the passengers. The answer was typical: “I do not make the rules sir. These are the rules of American Airlines applicable to the dress code of airline staff passengers. I am simply applying them.”

    It was a disgrace. The gate agent was a disgrace. A fat frumpy person who obviously had a problem with her life. I love how people like this like to hide behind the RULES.

    My wife was slim and attractive. That perhaps was her son.

    It goes along with the passport processing signs that used to be all over US international airports. One sign said “US Citizens” and the other said “ALIENS”.

    Disgraceful. Most have changed the ALIEN sign to read VISITORS, but I am advised that there are still some airports that still display ALIENS.

    No wonder USA has slipped down the world rankings list of ‘best places to live’ to now be at number 17.

    It is sad to see what is happening in the USA.

  2. AgentGerko says:

    Gotta be seen in ma active wear, no matter how ridiculous I look.

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