United Airlines responds to a series of viral tweets that allege the company prohibited two girls from boarding a flight because they were wearing leggings, telling customers, ''your leggings are welcome,'' but not for special pass riders. Linda So reports.
United Airlines swept up in a social media firestorm, being called "Leggings-gate." SOUNDBITE: UNIDENTIFIED TRAVELER, SAYING: "It seems kinda crazy to not let them on a flight." The company is responding to fierce backlash after a series of viral tweets over the weekend that allege United prohibited two young girls from boarding a flight in Denver because they were wearing leggings. SOUNDBITE: UNIDENTIFIED TRAVELER, SAYING: "I wear spandex all the time." SOUNDBITE: UNIDENTIFIED TRAVELER, SAYING: "Why should they be banned, that's crazy, I don't agree with that at all." A United spokesman says the two girls were special pass travelers, riders who are the friends or relatives of employees who get free or discounted air travel. The company says those riders have a more formal dress code and the two girls would not have been turned away for wearing leggings had they been paying customers. But for many that explanation was not good enough and social media lit up with outrage against the policy with some celebrities chiming in. Actress Patricia Arquette tweeted, "Leggings are business attire for 10 year olds. Their business is being children." United later put out a statement telling its fliers, leggings are welcome if you're a regular paying customer.