You can get drunk on overpriced cocktails on an airplane. You can pay $20 for slow, crappy WiFi. You can even shell out $4 to watch a movie you probably didn't catch in theaters for a reason.
But getting a decent amount of leg room in economy is next to impossible (depending on which airline you fly), and being guaranteed an overhead spot for your carry-on luggage? Keep dreaming.
And if you're flying United, if an in-flight agent has got a problem with the clothes you're wearing, you might have a strict dress code to follow.
The reason? They were wearing leggings, AKA stretchy pants, AKA yoga pants, AKA the staple of every basic college white girl fall/winter uniform. Watts says that the agents instructed the girls to put dresses over their leggings or change out of their comfortable travel clothes before boarding the plane.
She wanted to know if it was the airline's policy to force young girls to change out of their clothes before boarding a plane. United responded with a vague rule saying that they withhold the right to refuse passengers if they're "barefoot or not properly clothed." The problem is, the definition of "properly clothed" is left up to the discretion of the agents.
She wanted to know if there was a "secondary fail safe" from supervisors to deem what is appropriate clothing or not.
United said that "pass travelers" aren't given the same privileges as other travelers because they're dependents of United Employees or United Employees themselves who get prioritized last over other paying customers and board planes on a stand-by basis.
If someone is waiting for a stand-by flight, doesn't it make more sense to allow them to be comfortable, as they're waiting longer to board their flight than other travelers?
An internal policy for employees using the airline travel benefit, he said, specifically forbids leggings while traveling. It is unclear why United considers leggings to be inappropriate and whether other articles of clothing are barred under the policy.
"Our regular passengers are not going to be denied boarding because they are wearing leggings or yoga pants," Guerin said. “But when flying as a pass traveler, we require this pass travelers to follow rules, and that is one of those rules.
"They were not compliant with the dress policy with the benefit," Guerin said, noting that the girls were aware of the internal rule. "This morning, the attire of the pass travelers on this flight didn’t meet the dress code policy."
However, it's hard to imagine 1o-year-old-girls were employed by United.
If United is gonna try and get me to take off my Rex Kwon Do American Flag pants when I fly, then they've got another thing coming.