Is there a dress-code when flying? Some may say there isn’t, where actually there very well could be.
Specifically the policy does vary by individual airline; but all usually follow the same conventions of modest clothing which is family friendly etc; but there are a few other points that I’d like to bring to your attention.
Airline employees must follow a specific dress-code when flying on standby; which usually brings in a total ban on clothing with rips or tears, shorts and flip-flops – to name a few. If they are lucky enough to be flying “towards the front” in business or first-class, employees they are expected to be smart. If not, they may run the risk of being politely asked to take a seat towards the back, or even face the ultimate horror: denied boarding. These dress codes were introduced by airlines for their employees in a way to complement the in-cabin experience, the brand, and to set an example in the hope other passengers would follow suit. But does it work?
Two of the major airlines do have Staff Travel policies where the dress code does play an important part and typically follows the brand’s values. If an employee fails to comply with this (and other stipulations) on multiple occasions – they could face having their concessions taken away from them.
Flying is a great experience and it used to be something where everyone would dress to impress. Think of the “Golden Age of Aviation” where nothing less that business-attire was the norm. Fast forward to 2016 and the experience of flying from one place to another is much more affordable and travellers are geared towards being as comfortable as possible. I’ve seen some individuals turn up for a flight in their pyjamas before.
There is, however, a wide debate going around. If you have paid thousands of dollars for your flight, do you think you should have the right to wear what you like?
Airlines do and have refused travel to passengers whom are wearing clothing deemed as “inappropriate:, whether it’s to do with the image, language on the garment, or even if it’s offensive to the local culture. Thankfully carriers only need to exercise this in extreme situations, as most passengers do use common sense when travelling. Just don’t show up in a bikini please.
What do you tend to wear when flying? Would you dare to wear shorts and a t-shirt in business or first-class? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.