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Qantas lounge dress code sparks social media backlash


Estelle Lucas, a sex worker who was travelling from Melbourne to Perth, where there is a science fiction convention on, said she was refused entry to the Qantas Club in Melbourne on Wednesday because she was wearing thongs.
"I alternate between designer high heels and thongs


say no more ....
 

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From the article:

Qantas' decision to more strictly enforce the "smart casual" dress code in its main capital city lounges has led to complaints from passengers refused entry for wearing thongs - including designer leather ones that had not been on its initial list of banned clothing

Just google "leather thongs" and look at the images and you can see why leather thongs, even designer ones, aren't permitted. ;) :p
 

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From the article:



Just google "leather thongs" and look at the images and you can see why leather thongs, even designer ones, aren't permitted. ;) :p

Although Estelle's " work uniform" could include such things ...... " Uniforms including high vis vests are not affected by the dress standards "
 

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Qantas has gone overboard to cater to some toffee nosed suited up business people.

Not all people conducting business wear stuffy suits - believe me I don't unless absolutely necessary and then I often change out before flying out.

Smart casual should be sufficient - not dirty and scruffy.

Come on Qantas, be a bit more reasonable.

Dale.
 

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Qantas has gone overboard to cater to some toffee nosed suited up business people.

Not all people conducting business wear stuffy suits - believe me I don't unless absolutely necessary and then I often change out before flying out.

Smart casual should be sufficient - not dirty and scruffy.

Come on Qantas, be a bit more reasonable.

Dale.

Methinks its more Qantas reacting to complaints from people who are sick of having dirty feet with or without thongs sticking up in the air, on seats etc. Its a shared lounge, not a scene from The Young Ones.

From the article:
"Singlets, bare feet, rubber thongs and clothing with offensive images or slogans are, in most cases, likely to be deemed unacceptable," Qantas said.

As for a "social media backlash" - lash away, kiddies!!

Boycott the Qantas club dress code #familycampaign #upmarketthongs pic.twitter.com/mdEArF0tXT
— Tamara McDonald (@TamaraMcDonald3) April 1, 2015

Oooohhh, that'll learn 'em!
 
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Whilst I agree with dress standards and adhere to them myself I wonder what would happen in this case.

My understanding is that it applies to main lounges such as MEL ADL SYD BNE PER but not say at OOL.

Now lets look at this situation a couple are flying from OOL to MEL Via SYD and have a pair of sandles or leather thongs on with a singlet. They are allowed in the OOL lounge but turned away from SYD lounge if my understanding is correct.

What if the customer has paid for business class flights?

So QF are now discriminating against these people on the basis that they are now in Sydney.

Surely the dress standards should apply equally across all lounges and not just a select few.
 

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I am in the SYD business class lounge and I haven't seen bare feet nor thongs. The new policy is working just fine.
 

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<snip>

Surely the dress standards should apply equally across all lounges and not just a select few.

Exactly what I said when the policy was first announced.

A spokesman for Qantas said: "We care about standards in MEL, SYD etc, but anything goes in the (sniff) other places. I couldn't tell you what they wear there as who ever needs to go outside SYD and MEL? Now, go away you smelly little man..."
 

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In respect of the issue of feet on seats the worst perpetrators I have seen is business people or well healed travelers with children left to run riot. And NO NOT ALL parents allow this just some.
 

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In respect of the issue of feet on seats the worst perpetrators I have seen is business people or well healed travelers with children left to run riot. And NO NOT ALL parents allow this just some.

I'd have to agree here, the worst (generally speaking) are the business people, in suits, laying over couches with their shoes on.

I don't mind this policy, surely its not too hard to dress smart casual. No issue with high vis or workboots, provided its clean and again no feet on seat.

And also agree with others perhaps the most annoying thing is the person yelling on their phone so half the people in the lounge can hear how important they are.
 

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It is a bad policy. The terms used are subjective and mean different things to different people. QF has not clearly defined what they mean by "smart casual". What one person thinks is "well dressed" doesn't always match what another person thinks.

This also creates issues based on people's perceptions and opinions of what they think someone "should" be wearing. I could easily see someone being turned away for wearing a skirt or dress because the staff member assumes they are male.
 

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Thongs probably won't help her when she has to exit an aircraft quickly...
 

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I often wear strappy sandals that are thong style ie strap between the toes. Curious to see if Im allowed in next time or not...usually worn with neat pants and smart top, or a dress...
 

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Stuff some enclosed footwear in your bag, you may need it.
 
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This is the best news I've heard in ages. Let's hope it flows over onto other airlines and for that matter, onto the aircraft as well. As for feet on seats, doesn't matter what does or does not enclose said feet, it should not be permitted as we all share those seats. Good etiquette (like manners) cost nothing.
 

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Qantas lounge dress code sparks social media backlash


Estelle Lucas, a sex worker who was travelling from Melbourne to Perth, where there is a science fiction convention on, said she was refused entry to the Qantas Club in Melbourne on Wednesday because she was wearing thongs.
"I alternate between designer high heels and thongs


say no more ....
The QF spokesperson has a sense of humour:

We appreciate this may have caused some frustration but we're not in a position to flip-flop on the policy.
 

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I often wear strappy sandals that are thong style ie strap between the toes. Curious to see if Im allowed in next time or not...usually worn with neat pants and smart top, or a dress...

But if they have a strap at the back, to be more like a sandal, I think that's different, smart casual and acceptable.
 

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But if they have a strap at the back, to be more like a sandal, I think that's different, smart casual and acceptable.
They dont have a strap but they are still sandals, leather sole, strappy over the foot and certainly not $20.
 
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