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Social media goes to war ... over leggings?

United said on Monday that regular-paying fliers are welcome to wear leggings aboard its flights, even though two teenage girls were barred by a gate agent from boarding a flight from Denver to Minneapolis Sunday because of their attire.
United said on Monday that regular-paying fliers are welcome to wear leggings aboard its flights, even though two teenage girls were barred by a gate agent from boarding a flight from Denver to Minneapolis Sunday because of their attire. The Associated Press file

First came the online backlash against United Airlines after it blocked two teenage girls flying on free employee passes from boarding a flight from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday because they were wearing leggings.

Under fire, United Airlines announced that the girls were barred under a long-standing dress code for passengers flying on employee passes and said paying customers were welcome to wear leggings. That news sparked a counter-backlash from airline supporters arguing the girls ought to have followed the dress code.

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