Passenger Says Airline Threw Her Out Of Airport Lounge For Wearing Ugg Boots

An Australian pop star with a first class ticket claims that she was kicked out of an airline lounge over her footwear. She was sporting a pair of Uggs, and apparently, Qantas Airlines doesn't care who you are, they enforce their no-Uggs rule pretty strictly.

Joanne Catherall is best known as one of the lead singers in the synthpop band, The Human League. She's been a well-known singer since she was 'discovered' in the early 1980s, and continues to make recordings and perform with the band she founded. But her celebrity couldn't let Catherall slide past an Aussie airline employee when it comes to getting into the business class lounge. The dress codes are strictly enforced.

"Denied access @Qantas business class lounge in @Melair Melbourne Airport apparently Ugg (Australia) Boots are deemed sleepwear by the lady working there although no problem in any of the other lounges so far. Helpfully she suggested I go to one of the shops & purchase some shoes," Catherall tweeted, sharing an image of herself wearing her big boots.

Ugg is a well-known American footwear company that was founded by Aussie surfer Brian Smith. Smith and business partner Doug Jensen distributed the Australian-made sheepskin boots, trademarking the brand 'Ugg'.

Qantas responded to Catherall in a tweet that read, "Hi Joanne, we endeavor to remain consistent and uphold our Lounge's dress guidelines to all our guests. You may find details here."

They included a link to their dress code, which says that guests will be declined entry if they are wearing 'Things and bare feet, head to toe gym wear, beachwear (including board shorts), sleepwear (including Ugg Boots and slippers), Clothing featuring offensive images or slogans, revealing, unclean or torn clothing."

That didn't clear things up for Catherall very well. "Why would an @UGG boot I wear outdoors in all weathers be classed as sleepwear in @Qantas lounge but nowhere else that I have ever been on this earth?" she responded.

She’s not the only one confused. Many people on Twitter chimed in to say it’s ridiculous to think that anyone buys Uggs to go to sleep in them. One Twitter user remarked that the airline is sending mixed messages in its own explanation.

“It doesn’t make sense, Qantas refer to them as boots and sleepwear in the same sentence. Since when did anyone wear boots to sleep in?” the person wrote.

So far, the airport hasn't come back with a reply that's been made public.

Uggs are not the only controversial fashion statement that airports have been turning away. Some other fairly common clothing options are getting would-be passengers into trouble when they attempt to board planes.

In March, there was a hoopla over United Airlines stopping a passenger at the gate because she was wearing leggings. For some women, leggings are a travel necessity. The shocking thing about this case, however, is that it wasn't a shapely woman with a midriff shirt wearing gold lame leggings that were two sizes too small; it was a little girl, wearing leggings over a long shirt that came down to her mid-thigh.

The list seems entirely too arbitrary. Uggs are out, leggings are out, but Crocks, which are miniature toe nail fungus farms, are okay? Something is wrong here.

Source: Metro
Photo: Twitter

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