UGG-ly? Singer booted from Qantas lounge over footwear
IT'S a national tragedy. Our flagship carrier, Qantas, refused lounge entry to a 1980s pop icon because she was wearing Ugg boots.
Joanne Catherall, vocalist for English synth-pop band Human League, was denied entry into the Qantas business lounge in Melbourne for wearing the iconic Australian shoe.
The 55-year-old singer was refused admission because she was wearing the popular sheepskin boots, which are on the airline lounge's list of banned footwear.
"Denied access @Qantas business class in @Melair Melbourne Airport apparently Ugg (Australia) Boots are deemed sleepwear by the lady working there," Catherall tweeted.
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, "Hi Joanne, we endeavour to remain consistent and uphold our Lounge's dress guidelines to all our guests", adding a link to their dress code policy.
According to Qantas' domestic lounge dress guidelines, sleepwear, "including UGG Boots and slippers", is deemed "too casual or inappropriate".
However, the internet coming to Catherall's defence and calling Qantas' guidelines "stupid".
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
Australia invented the things, they need to own it!— sunsetinyello (@sunsentinello) December 15, 2017