United Airlines caused a furore a few days ago when it was accused of sexism and policing what women wear after it stopped two young girls from flying from Denver to Minneapolis because they were wearing leggings. THE SHOCK. THE HORROR. I don't know about you, but seeing people wearing leggings as I board my flight is the least of my concerns, looking around at the woman carrying four suitcases as her carry-on luggage, or at the dude coughing and sneezing everywhere without covering his mouth.
After the uproar, United released a statement saying that they definitely were not sexist, and that the leggings had only been an issue because the girls were travelling as 'pass riders', which is tickets that are discounted travel for friends and family of employees. They said:
"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."
Ah, that must be why the girl's father was allowed to board with no issue even though he was wearing SHORTS. There's no further description of the shorts, but assuming all things are equal and fair in the world, they must have been some sort of Fancy Man Tuxedo Short in order to not raise any issues with the dress code.
Even if you think dress codes like this are at worst, discriminatory towards women, or at best, old-fashioned, the real issue comes down to the age-old question: Are leggings pants?
I've decided to take on this question and find out the definitive answer here, using a complicated scientific and mathematic procedure, formulated over several years of intensive study. Here we go.