Woman Kicked Out Of Qantas Lounge For Wearing Ugg Boots
While ugg boots may be the national symbol for bogan down here in Australia, you can't help but admit that they're gosh darn comfortable!
And while we wouldn't suggest wearing them out of the house to do the groceries or drop the kids off at school, the one place where we always thought that it was socially acceptable to be seen wearing uggs in public was at the airport.
After all, it's a place where comfort is a must! You're going to be sitting in a tiny seat on a plane for a number of hours and if people are allowed to wear tights (the only time other than at the gym when these can be classified as pants), tracksuit pants and neck pillows, then why not ugg boots?
Well apparently not everyone thinks this way, after one popular Aussie airline banned the shoe completely! And they even had the nerve to kick a woman out of their lounge for wearing a pair of the fluffy, pillowed shoes.
Human League singer Joanne Catherall told Twitter about her experience with Qantas Airways after being asked to leave their business class lounge for wearing her comfy uggs.
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— Joanne Human League (@Lubycat) December 14, 2017
Qantas responded to her complaint via Twitter, however, instead of apologising they maintained their stance that the Uggs didn't meet their dress code, which BTW also stipulates that head-to-toe gym wear, beachwear, sleepwear, and flip-flops are not permitted under the "smart dress" policy of the Qantas lounge.
Hi Joanne, we endeavour to remain consistent and uphold our Lounge's dress guidelines to all our guests . You may find details here: https://t.co/oiCgy2V1jR. Mark— Qantas (@Qantas) December 14, 2017
SERIOUSLY?! What do you people where when you're travelling?! High heels? A three piece suit?! What on earth is wrong with wanted to be comfortable while sitting on a long flight?
And apparently, a LOT of other people agree with me on that one, because Twitter literally blew up at Qantas for dissing the Ugg Boots.
Oh for f’s sake - did they offer to buy these more ‘appropriate’ shoes ?— mini moderns (@minimoderns) December 15, 2017
I’m sorry but @Qantas this is pure snobbery. I always wear Ugg boots to travel in as they r so comfy & ive never not been allowed in a Lounge in America, Europe or the UK— BettyBoo (@bettycarlyle) December 14, 2017
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?— carrie (@curtste) December 14, 2017
How totally ridiculous! I wear uggs all the time for travel. They so are not sleepwear, just goddamned comfy on planes. Do qantas expect those in business class/first class to wear heels to prove they are of ‘standard’?— Arlene ★ Campbell (@ArleneMCampbell) December 15, 2017
I had exactly the same issue just last week in Brisbane Airport! If you pay for Business Class you should be able to travel in whatever you feel comfortable in - whatever footwear you choose to wear is not going to ruin other passengers travel experience!— Louise Bell (@LouiseBell90) December 15, 2017
So what do you think? Are Ugg Boots too bogan for the business class lounge? Or does comfort trump style all the way when it comes to flying?
Maybe a pair of those high heeled ugg boots would be a good compromise...