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First Class Duds

April 20, 2010

Armando Alvarez, a corporate vice president at Best Buy, was denied a first class seat on a United flight because he was wearing a track suit and was told by a gate agent that he wasn’t “properly dressed to go in first class.”

Although this particular gate agent turned Mr. Alvarez away, United doesn’t actually have a passenger dress code, though they do require that passengers wear clothing and are not barefoot.

(I really love these vague dress codes…  I mean, why even bother saying you have to wear clothing – how would you get to the airport nude?)

United looked into the complaint, and it seems that the gate agent thought that Mr. Alvarez was an airline employee; in which case he would have been subject to a first-class dress code that his track suit offended.

Rather than spending time worrying about what outfits will get us banned from first-class, I think it would behoove us to spend a little time being concerned that a gate agent has no real way of judging who’s an employee of the airline!

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