For those who are unfamiliar with leggings, they are articles of clothing that cover the legs and make men lose control or write nasty letters to companies that accommodate girls wearing leggings.
The flight was leaving from Denver, heading to Minneapolis.
The girls were traveling under an employee travel pass that includes a specific dress code and leggings isn't 'in code' and therefore out of code compliance. Jonathan Guerin, a United Airlines spokes puppet, was assigned the unpleasant task of explaining this to the media.
The dress code prohibits pass travelers from wearing spandex or Lycra pants, which includes leggings and Mafia wife workout pants. The girls agreed to change their illegal traveler's pass clothing and take a later flight, Guerin said, but Twitter went berserk on the company.
Tight clothing activist Shannon Watts of Denver tweeted that she saw what happened with her own eyes (as opposed to the eyes of casual acquaintances) and questioned United's decision to police women's clothing, although there apparently were no police women on the plane.
Watts vehemently declared that the girl's father was allowed to board the plane while wearing Sansa-belt shorts, a shirt that didn't match it, along with calf-high Argyle socks, brown wingtip shoes, a straw hat that looked as if it was once used for a nest, a gold chain and a leather man-purse.
Not only was Watts appalled by how the father was dressed, she went so far as to call the airline's policy sexist.
Because it's all about money, regular passengers don't have the same dress code and can wear leggings, hijabs or even a burqa if that's the way they roll.
United said this about their dress code later on Sunday:
"When taking advantage of this benefit, all employees and pass riders are considered representatives of United. And like most companies, we have a dress code that we ask employees and pass riders to follow. The passengers this morning were United pass riders and not in compliance with out dress code for company benefit travel. We regularly remind our employees that when they place a family member or friend on a flight as a standby passenger, they need to follow our dress code." Then they added, "to our regular customers, your leggings are welcome."But this wasn't acceptable to many Twitter tweeters, (although President Trump remained silent on the subject in spite of an itchy twitchy finger).
Some tweeters wanted Guerin to apologize to the girls and then be fired by United. And many wanted everyone on Twitter to boycott the company until they run them out of business.