Hating On Leggings


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I’ve been led to believe that leggings are very comfortable. What are leggings? Women know but I’ll inform the guys. They’re spandex or spandex-like. They’re stretchy. It seems to me they’re a cross between sweat pants and tights. I suppose they’re more acceptable to wear out in public than pajama bottoms.

A big brouhaha erupted this week when United Airlines denied some girls from boarding a flight because they were wearing leggings. A lot of people got upset. Some said it was an attack on women. Others said it was an attack on common sense. Many celebrities got involved. Seth Rogen tweeted and that is one person I do not need a vision of wearing leggings.

United didn’t help their cause when they explained their policy with “we’re an airline and you’re not.” No, that was Donald Trump’s tactic regarding a question. United said “that the airline has “the right to refuse transport for passengers who are barefoot or not properly clothed.”

They later stated that the teens were “pass riders,” otherwise known as family or friends of an airline company employee who travel at a discounted rate, so they’re expected to follow the same dress codes as employees. Leggings are welcome if you’re a regular customer and nobody will get all snooty up in your business over it. How in the hell do you even notice if people are wearing leggings? They’re so common I think I would have missed it.

Delta Airlines, not shy for the opportunity to bash a rival, tweeted “Flying Delta means comfort. (That means you can wear your leggings.)” They even included a winking emoji.

Puma, a clothing company, is trying to get a “leg” up on the controversy and they’re offering 20% off on leggings to anyone with a past or present ticket from United Airlines.

A lot of people choose which airline they want and often times it’s over politics, policy, baggage fees, etc. I have never chosen an airline in my life. I’ve always let the market tell me who I’m flying with, or my past employers have chosen. I’ve always gone with whoever offered the lowest price at the moment. I assure you my former newspaper employer in Virginia did the same thing. Those fuckers put me in a Best Western when they flew me in on my job interview and on the flight back, I swear I was in a folding chair on top of the engine. And that was 1997 when newspapers had gobs of money.

And don’t get me started on those turbulence-magnet Buddy Holly killing planes.

Creative Notes: I decided to grab at this issue as it’s NOT on Donald Trump or even politics. I have clients who want me to throw these in every now and then. I don’t mind taking a break from politics too. The important thing to me is that I’m not going to stop covering the important issues the way I see best.

The flight attendant in this cartoon is inspired by Dave Grohl’s portrayal of one in the Foo Fighters’ Learn To Fly video.

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