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United Airlines incurred social media outrage after barring two teenage girls wearing leggings from boarding its flight from Denver in Colorado to Minneapolis on Sunday.
Officials said the teenagers did not meet a dress code for special pass travelers, stirring a furore on social media.
The two girls, who were traveling with a companion, would not have been turned away for wearing leggings had they been paying customers, United spokesman Jonathan Guerin said as the airline responded to the backlash.
“(The two girls) were instructed that they couldn’t board until they corrected their outfit. They were fine with it and completely understood,” Guerin said, adding that all three passengers missed the flight. He did not know if they had boarded a later plane or made alternate travel arrangements.