Once again, we have witnessed the power behind the social media site Twitter. Over the weekend, a woman by the name of Shannon Watts took to her Twitter page to blast United Airlines after she witnessed an exchange between people that had absolutely nothing to do with her.
From what Watts could gather, an employee from United denied boarding to two teenage females because they were wearing leggings. Ever the social justice warrior, Watts got on Twitter to report that the big bad airline was repressing women based upon the partial conversation she stuck her nose into. It didn't take long for the Twitter universe to blow up with outrage over an airline telling women what to do with their bodies.
This is a prime example of mob mentality and hysteria. Now let's go over a few facts that Watts didn't take it upon herself to learn before she blasted someone else's business on Twitter.
First, the passengers were employees of United Airlines and utilizing their free buddy passes, which are perks afforded to them that come with stipulations. One of those being that people who are flying using a buddy pass must dress accordingly. Professional attire is required because passengers are not only flying on United's dime, they're representing the airline. So the agent that was doing the boarding kindly let the family know that they were not in accordance with that policy. The family had no issues and stepped aside quietly without causing a scene — like civilized people.
Watts, on the other hand, took the opportunity to start a Twitter controversy. Even after the airline explained their policies on travel using the buddy pass, people were outraged. According to many, United is wrong because their requirements for professional attire are "gender specific" and sexist.
As a woman, I fail to see this logic. The tickets were not purchased by an everyday traveler who was shamed for wearing the latest in quality leggings and left on the tarmac to wait for an Uber — they were free tickets issued with the understanding that policies must be followed to use them.
By accepting the tickets, that family agreed to those policies and when they failed to abide by them, they were met with the consequences.
Angelina Newsom is an OpsLens Contributor and U.S. Army Veteran.
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