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I Am Shocked By The Way People Dress For Travel!  
User currently offlineBacardi182 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1091 posts, RR: 1
Posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4166 times:

i know this has been posted before but this subject needs attention! i just came from dfw airport and i saw people in tank tops and swim suits getting on airplanes! the only people that dress nice are buisness men and and people from the middle east (indians, arabs, ect...) in their gown thingys (sorry if i ofend you but i dont know what those types of cloths are called......)

what are your thoughts on this subject? i remember when i used to fly non-rev and had to dress up so i could fly first class and people would look at me like some weird kid in the airport! but i always got the last laugh when i saw billy bob and his tank top walk past me on the way to coach class  

is this just an american problem or does this happen in europe and other places? i have never seen a not-well dressed asian person! do people actually think it is comty to fly in a basketball jersey and surf shorts?

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User currently offlineAero_Lima From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3820 times:

Hey I am with you I flew SEA--LAX and there was this HUGE TEAXAN there he was wearing a tank top and Trunks I thought oh my god why do I have to sit in COACH...Bacardi can you tell me how you dressed to get upgraded like what you did?? Thanks I am planing to fly LAX---JFK  

User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3785 times:

Aero_Lima, when we nonrev, we must wear nice clothes so that the airline will consider letting us in first class.

User currently offlineDerek H From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3774 times:

I always dress nice for travel. I am a kid and get to fly f/c, thanks to the parents though. I usually wear a nice pair of khakis, cargos, or some kind of nice pair of pants and a buttom up shirt like Tommy, Polo, or somthing like that. Then a pair of Dr. Marten boots. Is this ok to dress for a guy of 15? If not, what should I wear? My mom usually wears a dress or pant suit. My dad usually a long sleeved shirt with a tie and some nice docker pants or somthing. Is this ok? Please give me your input. I think it is good compared to the way somepeople dress!

User currently offlineGreeneyes53787 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 844 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3748 times:

It is like riding on a plane across the country is just a small step on a rock in their back yard. I almost expect to see them in wet bathing suits or with a little trowel poking through their pants in the back.

I generally don't wear a tie but I wear nice clothes.

Here's an idea: perhaps they wear those casual clothes because the interiors of airliners today aren't particularly formal anymore.

I rode on a PSA BAe 146 that had wallpaper and beautiful decor. I was underdressed. Today if you're in a Concorde or a DC-9 everything is all eggshell sides and top. Only the seats are a little formal.

Perhaps I am overstating this.

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User currently offlineEuroflyer From France, joined Jun 2012, 209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3733 times:

I think, although it's not an excuse, that people dress more casually now because more and more people have access to flying, and it's not something as out of the ordinary as it used to be.

But flying is still a special thing so I don't think it's apropriate to dress the way some people do

Born to fly !
User currently offlineCarioca Canuck From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3725 times:

Like I have said before.....it's not how you look.....but how you act as a pax that counts to me.

But for those of you who feel that a more formal attire would be appropriate inflight.....here's me solution....give me 65" of seat pitch in coach and I might consider it. 

User currently offlineC72 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3709 times:

Come on! Does it REALLY matter how people dress??? As long as they aren't exposing themselves in a lude manner and are not infringing on other pax.

User currently offlineEuroflyer From France, joined Jun 2012, 209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3701 times:

True, true, behavior is more important than the way you dress, to a cetain limit of course.

Born to fly !
User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3297 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3690 times:

Perhaps the cases referred to are a bit extreme. All the same, it pays to wear comfortable clothes to fly. Once you are fully clothed that is all that really matters. Consider this - during a flight your feet swell up and you may have to sit in a relatively cramped seat for several hours. Would you then knowingly wear your very best, albeit uncomfortable, clothes just because you are flying? If you are in First Class maybe but a comfortable casual dress code is certainly acceptable.

The route you are flying should also be taken into account. I have seen people fly in short pants between Trinidad and Tobago (POS-TAB) and among other Caribbean islands. While I would not do that personally, it is not really wrong for a short flight following which one would hit the beach! For longer flights more dressing up would be desireable.

I would, however, comment that things have changed considerably. When my family went on a 2-month long trip in 1979 my parents made sure I was fully dressed up, to the point of insisting I wear my newest shoes! That sort of dressing up gradually faded until now I usually wear jeans to fly (good looking ones at that, though).

All the same, a casual code is acceptable once reasonable limits are maintained. Deportment is the real issue facing today's civil aviation.


Hop to it, fly for life!
User currently offlineCathay Pacific From Australia, joined May 2000, 1864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3684 times:

ha.....what is the big fuss about what people wear??? is it so important whether people wear Armani or Gucci or Polo or Gap???? i mean as long as they feel comfortable in what they wear and that they are not 'overly exposing' their body, why do we have to worry about what they wear??????

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User currently offlineI_4Got_My_Name From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3674 times:

It's Whats On The Inside That Counts   

User currently offlineDerek H From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3659 times:

yes, but I dont want to see other guys' insides!

User currently offlineBig777jet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3645 times:

This is not your business! People's business own dress what they want to! I have seen people have strange dress at the airport this evening while I was waiting for my friend to pick up.


User currently offlineWoxof From United States of America, joined Nov 2015, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3636 times:

Oh...Good night!
Who cares what someone looks like for cris' sakes?
If I am on a pass or am on an XCM jumpseat, I wear a shirt and tie because that is protocol. If I pay for the ticket, I am in T-Shirt, shorts, and flip-flops.
Does that make me a bum? You decide. While you are deciding, I will be comfortable and not giving a crap what you think!
Good day.

User currently offlineAdam84 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1400 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3608 times:

I dont really mind the way people dress on planes. I have never seen anyone dress out of the ordinary. I usually just wear whats comfy, Jeans and a button up shirt. Sometimes I wish I would have worn shorts though. When I flew to Hawaii on a CO DC-10 we were waiting for everyone to board and it musta been 90 degrees in there and I had jeans on and I was sweating like crazy, Then in HNL they dont have a/c in most of the airport so I was getting all sweaty once again. So would you rather sit next to someone with shorts and a t-shirt and have them stay nice and cool, insted of sitting next to someone with jeans that gets all sweaty and stinks the rest of the trip.

User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3599 times:

If someone is worried about how another person dresses for a flight, they have way too much time on their hands. All I know, is that if I'm gonna be on an airplane, I'm gonna be as confortable as possible. Personally, I'm more concerned with hygien and conduct.

User currently offlineTim From Australia, joined Jun 2000, 707 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3597 times:

If you are travelling economy class/lower class it doesnt really matter what you are wearing.

When I fly economy class (especially long haul) I just look to find my most comfortable clothes. When I travel Business class its a differewnt story.

What ever is comfortable for you is the best clothes to wear!


User currently offlineIndianGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3578 times:

Shorts,Trunks, cutoffs and all are a little too much, but i think casuals (jeans) are ok.

I once flew a domestic flight with a group of American students on a holiday, who came dressed in what they thought was an Indian dress. They thought they were looking damn cool or whatever, but they were looking plain silly in those saffron robes! Somebody ought to have told them what kind of Indians were those robes!

One thing that definitely puts me off even more than the co-pax's dress, is when they smell bad.

This is especially a problem with the touristy type Americans, who probably have never seen a soap or the inside of a shower in their life. Or probably they look on bathing as a unnecessary waste of time! Whatever, its real hell! U dont have to see them to hate them; u can smell them from a mile off!

User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 391 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3576 times:

Yes im surprised to at the way people dress for travel in the west, but there was this one asian woman a fillipino i think who was wearing the most vulgur hotpants ive ever seen with stilettos, looked like a hooker, this was at Dubai airport.

.....up there with the best!
User currently offlineTexairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3558 times:

In the US, if you look at the trends towards business casual in the workplace, it only is an indication that people care about being comfortable over how they look. Although, you could still be comfortable and look nice. It's simply a sign of the times.

Last year I flew from EWR to LAS with a change in DFW. At DFW, some "classy" individuals got onto the plane BAREFOOT! This couple was not sitting together and the guy would walk up and down the cabin to talk to his "womun". As soon as we landed in Vegas, this guy runs from the back of the plane to his "womun" to walk off the plane with her. When we get off they are already pumping quarters into the slots and lighting their cigarettes (No Smoking). Very classy.

User currently offlineT.P.U.T From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3549 times:

Derek H

Yes of course.

I am English, but not a posh wanker, and share your dress senes.

You go for it while you can.

User currently offlineN202PA From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1577 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3525 times:

You can be comfortable while still looking classy. This is not impossible, if you only try. Unforunately, too many people who fly in this country don't give a crap about how they look, and what results is what we've been talking about here. People tend to look at airlines as a big, flying bus, and dress accordingly. It's really sad.

Not to say that, for example, wearing short-sleeved clothes is a bad thing. I still think you can look classy while doing this. For example, my standard travel dress is a pair of long, khaki pants with a button-up dress shirt and leather shoes. Only if I'm traveling on business do I wear a suit (and often, get better service dressed that way).

Jean shorts and khaki shorts push the limit of acceptable, but they're not offensive, so they should be allowed. This is especially true on island-hopper flights in the Hawaiian or Caribbean islands, for example, where it's too hot to care much about what you wear on a 50-minute flight. But when people wear swimsuits or no shoes on board aircraft, you have to draw the line. That's just classless, and people who dress like that to go to a public airport ought to be denied boarding. I'd do it if I were running an airline, that's for sure.

Have some class, for crying out loud, and at least wear some [i]shoes[/i] to the airport! It's not that hard.

User currently offlineILUV767 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3142 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3523 times:

For me, I have to dress up if I want to Non-Rev in first class. When ever I fly I dress up, even if it is on an express flight because, I may have to get creative. United's Employee/Dependent Dress code is as follows:

IN COACH: Jeans, Denim clothing, athlectic/tennis shoes;dress sandles, loose fitting knee length Bermuda Shorts on all flights within the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.

Any clothing that is torn, frayed, has patches or holes, sweat clothing. T-Shirts, bare feet, bathing suites, beach sandles, bare midriffs, extreme mini skirts, halter or bra tops, sheer or see through clothing, tank tops, sleeveless muscle shirts, and undergarments worn as outer garments

All of the above items plus, jeans, denim cloathing, athlectic shoes, hiking/military style boots, shorts, baseball caps, lack of hosiery or socks, skin tight pants execpt when worn with a mid-thigh length top.


Hope that helps!
Once again that is the pass travel dress code for United Airlines.

User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 10
Reply 24, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3520 times:

Keep in mind that in the workplace in general, the level of dress has migrated to a more casual look. Granted, no one is wearing tank-tops and shorts to work (at least not my work), but I suspect you see more and more casual clothes as a result. I don't see how the an airliner really warrents a dress code anyway, it should be consistant with being in public. Airline travel is extremely uncomfortable for me and temperatures tend to go to extremes particularly just after entering a plane and before taking off. I intentionally dress down when flying if I can to get as confortable in an uncomfortable environment. One should acknowledge the airlines' suggestion to dress SAFELY in the event of an unlikely emergency.
So here is what I hope is obversed by the pax sitting next to me in order of importance....

1. Hygiene
2. Behavior
3. Dress

"Shaddap you!"
25 Bobo2196 : You want to see shocking just take a trip on GREYHOUND bus lines!
26 Post contains images N-156F : I usually fly coach, and no matter what I do or where I go, I always wear my trusty Mark Brunell (Jacksonville Jaguars, NFL) jersey. I'll almost alway
27 Post contains images B747-437B : This thread reminds me of something that happened on an AA flight LGW-DFW earlier this year. I have my roots in non-rev travel and a childhood of havi
28 Post contains images VirginLover : When I was younger, my mother used to make me wear sundresses when we flew... the last trip I took, I wore my sweatshirt and mesh like pants... but we
29 AerLingus : I have specific travel attire: Short sleeve polo, khakis, tennis shoes (shoes you can run in if you must make a connection). In the winter, all of the
30 AC_A340 : I always wear either some khakis or real nice blue jeans with either a golf shirt or a nice t-shirt with a short-sleeved flannel shirt over top left u
31 Greeneyes53787 : After reading comments here I realize that very few of airliner enthusiasts feel the way I do, and that the desire for high class in air travel is not
32 CX747 : I must say that I agree with the origninal comment. But, you can only dress yourself. My last two flights on United were on Aug3 and Aug8. Both times
33 B-707 : I don't really care what other passengers wear. As long as they are familiar with a deodorant, I don't care what they look like.
34 Surf : I agree whole-heartedly with Greeneyes53787. This is just one of the reasons I am fascinated with travel during the 1930's. That whole art-deco period
35 Post contains images Bacardi182 : "Evidently, a bunch of us non-revs seem to share the same habits - those of waiting till the end to board the aircraft regardless of where we are seat
36 Dan The Man : I never dress up when I fly, This isnt the 1960's. I usually wear jerseys, or tank-tops. Dan The Man BTW. I'm not a prep
37 B747-437B : Just a word about non-rev dress codes from a different perspective here. Back when I was around 15/16, I was non-revving on Delta from ATL-HOU. I was
38 Saluki777 : When my family flies nonrev (as United employees), I usually wear a white polo shirt, khaki pants, & doc martens. When we fly on frequent flyer miles
39 Mx5_boy : Gone are the days when even economy passengers dressed up for a flight. I can remember flying when I was about 5 in the 70's and we would always be dr
40 DeltAirlines : Try this one on - I was at LHR on July 26, and there was a guy that was going on Concorde. He was in a tee-shirt, jeans, and sandals. I know it was Co
41 Jomama : One thing I've noticed is that a lot of the people who have responded are or have been non-rev. The non-rev's were required to dress nicer than most p
42 Trvlr : I once wore shorts and a t-shirt in Business Class on UA from SFO to NRT and PEK. But these were more high-quality clothes then your average t-shirt t
43 ContinentalEWR : People complain about how bad airline travel is these days, and it really is. Flights are delayed, the system is antiquated and cannot cope with the g
44 Theroad : I’ve been reading these posts with much amusement. I am one of “those” people who wears jeans on a flight. Why? Because I don’
45 Theroad : I had to re-read the post from Bacardi182 again due to its colorful content. I don’t think you have a right to call me a bum because of the way
46 ContinentalEWR : Of course you shouldn't judge people by what they wear. That's silly and like judging a book by its cover only. However, a person is more likely to be
47 Caravelle : Most of you people can't be serious. If people are clean, well behaved, not drunk, but friendly, polite, and not making a nuisance of themselves, they
48 Avion : I believe that you can wear pretty much anything you want as long as it is long sleeved. Altough in first believe you really should wear a shirt and n
49 Surf : Hey road, get off your ego trip.
50 Caravelle : I was never offended by anyone wearing long-sleeved shirts in a plane. Not short-sleeved, either, for that matter.... all smiles from Norway
51 Surf : By the way, Bacardi was criticising people who wear tank tops and swimsuits in his original post.
52 Surf : Oh and I just had to re-read TheRoads post due to it's amazing egotistical tenor and total self absorbtion. You really *are* an A**hole with a capital
53 Michigan4life : I love it surf. Thats all I have to say. Road, You obviously are an egotistical hypocritical loser. One line you say that we shouldn't judge, yet the
54 Airborne : veramente, non ho capito niente.
55 Legalman : I think what hes trying to say is that calling someone a bum based on the way they dress is uncalled for. Me, I dress casual but prefer long sleeves a
56 Legalman : I think theroad is a kid trying to get a rise out of you all. Its easy to make up stuff on the boards. Most people who can afford to pay first class p
57 Swissair169 : Why do You just dress up the way You like it? And if I'm the only one in first calss with my beach shorts and my 5 year old T-shirt, why should i wher
58 FLY777UAL : Flying SFO-NRT, I can guarantee that Americans are not the only ones who dress like they just got out of the pool. I was looking around the gateroom,
59 Greeneyes53787 : WOW! We aren't actually advising passengers to either wear a tux or go in a bathing suit are we? That's like deciding that all cars should either be b
60 Bzclass : Yes, I must agree that the standard of dress has fallen with many passengers dressing as if they are going to the beach. I am often surprised that air
61 LH423 : I am travelling tomorrow, and given the weather at my departure city (Boston, MA), my transit city (Washington DC), and my arrival city (Vienna, Austr
62 ELAL 744 : I often become upset at how other people dress to fly. I personally feel that if I am going to be in contact with other people, especially ones I don&
63 Dan The Man : Hi ContinentalEWR, I disagree with what you said a little bit, I have flown many flights on many airlines, and I have never been served bad because of
64 Legalman : I personally like to be left alone when I fly. I use the time to sleep or work and if its a long haul, feeling comfortable puts me in a better mood an
65 LHMark : Here's an idea: Wear what doesn't make you uncomfortable (either physically or socially), sit in your seat, eat, sleap, work, read, or watch the movie
66 AerLingus : It really appalls me that Theroad, a supposed 'elder' would take shots at someone who is younger than himself. Also, I find it positively rediculous t
67 Aa777dr : It all depends where I'm going. If I am going to the caribbean on vacation then I would wear shorts and a tank top tee-shirt (being that I work out an
68 747OrDie : I look at it like this: We have all gone to the airport and marveled at the outright beauty of airplanes. As spotters, as so many of us are, we can ea
69 DaveT : This is a pretty long string! Well, I used to (10 years ago) wear a suit, especially if I was booked in J-Class or F-Class! (Canadian Airlines) Now, I
70 AKE0404AR : I have been travelling about 40.000 miles, domestic within the US and internationally in the last 12 months. For the most part all these trips were bu
71 AerLingus : It all depends I suppose on what people's perception of air travel is: We here, for the most part, believe flying is truly an event. Some people think
72 CXA330-342 : I agree that you should not wear stuff like tank tops and bathing suits, but you shouldn't wear anything that is too nice. After all, after pushing an
73 Sju-lax : How funny to find you here! Email me, I just flew in from Madrid! Bobby
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