Should airlines be able to enforce dress codes on passengers?

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Should airlines have the right to ask passengers to change their clothing before boarding a flight? According to a new survey, 21% of travellers believe they should.

The survey, conducted by Chicago-based GO Airport Express, revealed that while 21% of people think airlines should be able to enforce a dress code on flyers, 31% of respondents disagreed and 37% had no opinion.

Several of those surveyed said airlines should be able to ask people to change if it is clearly stated in the airline’s policies that there is a dress code.

"These results indicate travellers care most about getting to where they are going and are not paying attention, or caring, what others are wearing at the airport or on a plane," said John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express, in a statement. "However, if travellers have concerns they should check the individual airline’s policy regarding attire." 

America’s JetBlue airlines recently made headlines when gate attendants at the Boston airport asked a woman to swap her shorts for a larger pair before boarding a flight, after deeming her outfit "not appropriate and the flight crew had discussed it and the pilot had decided that [she] needed to put something else on or [she] would not be allowed to board the flight."

Jessica Biel also made news in 2014 when, in a series of Twitter posts, she called out "grown ass women wearing pajamas in airports." The reaction online was mixed, with some commenters agreeing with the actress and others saying they would do anything, including wear pajamas, to make flying economy more comfortable.