Teenage girls prevented from boarding flight due to leggings

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JULY 08: United Airlines passengers check in for flights at San Francisco International Airport on July 8, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Thousands of United Airlines passengers around the world were grounded Wednesday due to a computer glitch. An estimated 3,500 were affected. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Two teenage girls were barred by a United Airlines gate agent from boarding a flight from Denver to Minneapolis because they were wearing leggings.

United spokesman Jonathan Guerin said the girls were not allowed onto the Sunday morning flight because they were traveling under an employee travel pass that includes a dress code.

That dress code bars pass travelers from wearing spandex or lycra pants such as leggings. Guerin says the teenagers agreed to change their clothing and take a later flight.

Guerin says ticketed passengers are not subject to the same dress code and can wear leggings.  

Shannon Watts — founder of Moms Demand Action, a movement working to combat gun violence — highlighted the incident in a slew of tweets, saying that a United gate agent forced the girls to change or put dresses over the leggings, or they would not be allowed to board.

“She’s forcing them to change or put dresses on over leggings or they can’t board,” Watts, a witness to the incident, tweeted

She said two girls were not let on the flight and that a third was allowed to board after she put a dress on over leggings.

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