Should there be a dress code when flying

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  1. ditto

    ditto Junior Member

    Oct 3, 2005
    Should there be a minimum dress code when flying?

    Last week we returned from Bali - not the first trip so we do know what to expect - but I am constantly astounded at what people consider suitable attire to wear on a plane. I wouldn't consider myself a snob but I would think that footwear would be a minimum requirement if for no other reason than safety.

    I know it's a tropical climate but it's not that hot, the hotels/airport are all airconditioned, as is the plane.

    Years ago I was upgraded to B Class on a BA flight from London but I was checked out head to toe at the check in desk obviously to see if I was suitably attired before I was given the upgrade.

    Interested to hear what others think or have experienced.

  2. simongr

    simongr Enthusiast

    Jul 10, 2006
    I think what is suitable/permissible on board reflects changes in society's attitude to dress codes. Many companies no longer have a suit requriement for male staff, female staff can often "get away" with a lot more than male staff. So as society changes then so does expectations of what is right or wrong on board changes.

    Personally I used to try to be relatively smart - chinos and a collared shirt - but today I am wearing cargo pants and a polo shirt and I haven't even had a shave today!

    There is one thing that must be worn and that is socks - the number of times I see people taking off their shoes and banying around bare feet is stunning!

    I also think that short skirts and tight tops are perfectly permissible for attractive young ladies in their 20's ;)
  3. Keith009

    Keith009 Established Member

    Mar 6, 2005
    Brisbane / Sydney
    Tight tops and short pants for the other gender in their 20s are also very much welcome. ;)
  4. SeaWolf

    SeaWolf Active Member

    Jan 24, 2007
    Certainly no objections from me. :p

    I'm not fussed by bare feet either. I think you should probably be wearing something on your feet when you go through the airport and get on, but if you're going to be stuck there for hours on end you may as well make yourself comfortable.
  5. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

    Mar 22, 2005
    BNE, SYD and CNX
    Smart casual.

    I always travel wearing a shirt with a collar, a pair of pleated slacks and leather dress shoes. I also wear a jacket most times as I feel the temperature in the aircraft is a little too cool for my liking.
  6. Hawkeye

    Hawkeye Member

    Nov 4, 2006
    There goes Simongr, stirring up everyone's hormones again!:p

    I tend to wear a pair of jeans, collared shirt, and slip-on shoes (for ease going thru security). I am always overdressed, however.

    Although, there is probably an expectation that passengers in the premium cabins should be better attired, there are not infrequent F passengers wearing old track suit pants, t-shirts, and thongs.

    They do receive disdainful looks from the beautiful people, however, of whom I am definitely not one.
  7. pauly7

    pauly7 Established Member

    Dec 8, 2004
    I think simon's comment is very true, so many companies have ditched the suit and tie code in favour of pants/shirts and casual Fridays. Alot of marketing related industries and departments have neat 'designer' casual all the time.

    Also a lot of larger people I suppose wouldn't feel comfortable in a suit, more restrictive clothing. Jump on a DJ/JQ flight to QLD to see what I mean :D:D
  8. Shano

    Shano Established Member

    Aug 17, 2006
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    I tend to wear jeans on long haul flights purley becuase any spillage during the flight is less visible than on a pair of chinos (you guy's are going to start thinking that I am a real slob). I also try and wear a collared shirt (rather than a T-shirt) as these tend to have a front pocket for passport / BP etc.
  9. littl_flier

    littl_flier Active Member

    May 1, 2007
    Wow, this thread went downhill as quickly as a now removed certain BA cabin crew thread on FT. ;) Boys, calm those hormones.

    On thread and I think one must wear socks if they're going to take their shoes off. On long-haul I always take my shoes off and trudge around the plane in socks until landing. As for dress, I think one should be smart but comfortable. Obviously the days of wearing a suit to fly business class are gone but I might look a little strangely at someone in rugby shorts, a singlet and thongs. (But on CNS-GOV QF sectors and JQ/DJ BNE-ROK sectors this is normal)

    If I'm not flying in usual work attire then I wear jeans (occassionally tighter than I would like thanks to a shopping malfunction in BKK ;) ) and a shirt with some smart shoes. Then again, earlier in the year when I'd paid for J class and was spending a day at Manly Beach after the BNE-SYD sector, I wore smart shorts and polo shirt with thongs. I felt underdressed but it was practical for the days activities.

    Overall, there is a time and a place and as long as we follow that, then everything will be fine.
  10. Keith009

    Keith009 Established Member

    Mar 6, 2005
    Brisbane / Sydney
    #10 Keith009, Sep 16, 2007
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2007
    Yes all your fault, simongr! ;) :D. Trying to stay on topic for;)
    Incidentally I'll be flying BA to SIN today. Smart casual: jeans, long sleeved top with collar - super comfy shirt made of wool that I bought from NZ (some place called 'untouched world'). Comfy is the way to go for me. A bit more dressed up than normal today as I'm heading straight to the Swissotel for drinks after checking into my hotel. Helps that I don't need to waste time changing. Meeting certain cabin crew members at the New Asia Bar. ;)
  11. Ric

    Ric Active Member

    Nov 29, 2004
    SYD, MNL, BKI,
    Plenty of them where you are now Simongr!!

    Like Shano, I tend to tend to wear a collared shirt with front pocket for passport/BP. Pants can be jeans or chinos and deck shoes.
  12. Groundfeeder

    Groundfeeder Active Member

    Nov 3, 2005
    Dear, dear, dear ... so many fashion victims out there!

    The only mandatory item is the small triangular Qantas suit pin that gets all the right looks from the people that matter, particularly when one approaches the desk all doey eyed seeking chances of UG's.

    I recall getting this little gem many years ago when diaries etc were given out with QP membership, but it's an awful pain trying to get it through security.
  13. ditto

    ditto Junior Member

    Oct 3, 2005
    Smart casual for both sexes is what I was expecting to hear and is what seems to be the general consensus from the replies.

    According to an ex QF FA friend, there is supposed to be a dress code for each class which includes covered footwear - no thongs allowed.

    I am now curious to know if anyone sitting up the pointy end does actually change into the PJ's provided?
  14. Hawkeye

    Hawkeye Member

    Nov 4, 2006
    Absolutely. I usually wait until after take-off to get changed; many people do it during boarding.

    You can spill as much food as you want (Shano would love em), and keeps your clothes uncrumpled for arrival.

    IME, most wear them.
  15. dajop

    dajop Senior Member

    Jul 1, 2002
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    Haven't had a flight where the PJ's have been provided, yet, but experienced FC some years ago, and changed into those PJ's. I found them too warm to be comfortable, but that's just me. On most 6+ hr overnight flights, I change into a pair of light shorts and light T shirt to sleep in, regardless of class of travel. Just get the destination much fresher, and I find it easier to sleep.

    One thing about dressing for international travel I think it is wise, for passing through immigration and customs, to eliminate grunge - jeans & collared shirt/polo shirt (preferable with pocket to hold BP's and passport) with covered shoes is what I aim for.
  16. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

    Oct 10, 2005
    Some ppl do, but mine don't get out of their cellophane wrapping

  17. openseat

    openseat Active Member

    Jun 1, 2006
    The air safety people (CASA in this case) think that you should pay attention to some standards in clothing in deciding what to wear on board the plane.

    Cf. Safer air travel - What to wear
  18. Evan

    Evan Established Member

    Dec 26, 2006
    SIN / MEL
    Also if its a wednesday night you find a lot hang our at Insomnia @ Chijmes just down the road.

    Although expensive the pizzas are nice up at new asia bar :)

    Anywhere else in SIN i may like to visit to meet some crew ? (Sometimes see some up at 54 in MOS as well)

    Back OT, i usually fly jeans and a t-shirt (older ones that i dont mind spills on), jeans because they are bulky and heavy to pack in hand luggage when only traveling with that and you can pretty much turn up at the bar of pub on arrival without changing anything except maybe a shirt.

  19. simongr

    simongr Enthusiast

    Jul 10, 2006
    It is PJs for me as soon as I board if in F. If I wasn't doing hand luggage on this trip I would have brought the PJs even though in J. I have a 4 - 5 flights that are both overnight and 8 hours plus - the NRT-JFK flight is a monster and I would rather be in PJs.
  20. clifford

    clifford Established Member

    Jul 6, 2004
    Canberra / London
    Sorry mate, but in the 21st century you pay your money and you do your own thing (within reason).

    It's the money, stupid...

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