The controversy of the day involves a couple of teens who were denied seating on a United flight out of Denver for wearing “leggings”. This was apparently related to the airline’s dress code for people who are traveling as family members of United employees, rather than general boarding.
The guideline is pretty broad on what is or isn’t “properly clothed”, but so what? The airline gets to make its own rules for people flying under special circumstances with presumably discounted fees.
There are a few subjects on which I am old-fashioned and this is one of them. I get that flying is very uncomfortable and that dressing light helps people get through security check-in faster. However, I am one of those types who always dresses at least “business casual” when flying.
There are a couple of reasons for this. The first is that I have self-respect and I like to look good in public. I’ve never been comfortable with this weird Slob Culture we have where it’s now perfectly okay to wear sweat pants to church.
The second reason is that I find that I get treated with more respect by airline employees, TSA agents, and fellow passengers when I look like an adult. It’s worth the tradeoff in comfort for me. I’ve had more than a few times that I’ve been given free drinks, spontaneously bumped up to first class, and given other types of preference and I believe it’s because I make it a point to dress–and act–like someone who has enough respect for other people to not show up wearing a “Fuck Trump” t-shirt and propping my bare feet up on the seat in front of me.
It matters, kids.
Feminists, who have absolutely nothing useful to do ever, are jumping all over this as some sort of effort by the Patriarchy to dictate how girls must dress. It isn’t. United has every right to hold its employees to a high standard and expect that anyone who is using their company benefits should represent the company well. This is the sort of fake controversy we’ve come to expect these days, sorry to say.
I’m surprised that the kids weren’t warned about this before heading to the airport. When I was a teenager, I flew to Atlanta with one of my sisters. She had purchased my ticket using some corporate program her company had. She specifically warned me before we left to “dress nice”. Apparently, it was in the guidelines.
How do you fly? Are you more the self-centered slob or the uptight prick like me?