AA@DFW From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 397 posts, RR: 1 Posted (13 years 2 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2663 times:
I was in BOS last week on my way to DFW, my flight was delayed 2 1/2 hours due to bad weather so I had quite a bit of time to hang out and watch the traffic.
As I was waiting in Terminal B, the gate next to me was preparing for a flight to CDG. The F/A crew had arrived, but there were mechanical problems so everyone was sitting in the lounge waiting for the equiptment to be brought over from the hanger. As I was watching I noticed something that I'd never seen before -- and to be quite honest it really upset me. As a member of an "All AAmerican fAAmily" I take a lot of pride in AA and am fairly observant on the quality of AA employees and crew members.
Well, to get to the point, there was a flight attendant working this trip who had purple streaks in her hair! I couldn't believe what I was seeing! She was an African-American F/A, so she had naturally dark hair that was very thick and beautiful, but then she had these dark PURPLE streaks in her hair! (and I only mention that she is African-American so that you will understand her hair type, texture, etc. -- i.e., thank god it was not a blonde woman with purple streaks or else it would really stick out!) Other than that, her uniformed was very well pressed and she looked very sharp -- but PURPLE HAIR?!?!?!!? I couldn't believe it! What was she thinking? I know that if she is ever seen by a supervisor or anyone from HDQs she will probably be terminated, or at minimum written-up.
I asked another F/A about the situation and she said that she had noticed it herself and was very disappointed and ashamed to be seen with a f/a with PURPLE hair!
Do any of you have thoughts on the situation? To all of you AA f/a's what is done in training about this? Would this REALLY be allowed to "fly"?? Please let me know what you understand the rules to be around this situation. I would really appreciate some feedback.
Corsairf/a From France, joined Oct 2000, 373 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2552 times:
I am very surprised off what i read. Purple Hair. The colour of the F/A is not a matter cause I am black and i work as cabin crew for a french carrier and i can say that you will not ever see a thing like that in french airlines. Cause before departing for a flight pursurs or supervisor watch out the way you are dressed, and everything about your hair, make up and jewels you may have. At Air France where i used to fly they want you to be chic and simple. I fly a lot tu the US and we usually are astonished that many F/A have no style and there almost no diffenrece airlines uniforme.
AA@DFW From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 397 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2532 times:
Thanks for the reply--
I am typically very pleased with AA's flight attendants and the Pursers and supervisors typically do a very good job of regulating the personal grooming of the F/As, that is why i was so SHOCKED at this situation! I couldn't believe it! Surely she will not be working with this purple hair for very long, or else she'll be fired. And yes, you're right, color of skin does not matter, i just wanted to "set the stage" so to speak for you to best see what I am talking about. I in no way am singling this individual out based on skin color, but for her PURPLE hair.
Blink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5455 posts, RR: 19 Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2436 times:
When I fly, I don't expect the FA's to look perfect, but atleast to look apropriate and that means no unatural hair colors(purple in this case) I bet she probably got a "warning" about that. I am also shocked too.
Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
AA@DFW From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 397 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 months 19 hours ago) and read 2354 times:
Thank you SA-JET, I agree with you. Some people just don't understand the importance of F/As and other employees. Their personal appearance reflects the emphasis the airline puts on the quality of an employee. I hope AA catches this situation and rectifies it soon. I hate to see poor quality in grooming like this.
Orlo3 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 139 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (13 years 2 months 18 hours ago) and read 2321 times:
Greggj, I couldn't agree with you more. I can think of many worse things than purple streaks in hair. I also can't imagine people like some previous posts actually being "shocked and appauled" by purple streaks in someone's hair. I mean are you guys that judgemental as to make it ruin your whole flying experience because it sure sounds like it. This is the year 2000 and a lot has changed since the glory days of flying in suits and dresses in the 50's. It is a flying bus. I would get more disgusted by many of the passengers I see on planes in sweat pants and dirty t-shirts with their bellies hanging out than a Flight Attendant with purple streaks in her hair. BTW, you kept making the point that she was black. My wife is black and I know that on her hair, purple streaks wouldn't be as noticable and offensive. At least it wasn't a blond with bright purple streaks contrasting loudly with her light hair. Anyways, nuff said. It's time we all relaxed a bit.
Jaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (13 years 2 months 18 hours ago) and read 2307 times:
If her purple streaks were stylish and looked good, why should it violate dress codes?
What about braids? Or corn rows? A lot of black women and women of color dye their hair blond, red, etc. It looks great ! Maria Carey's hair wasn't blond before she dyed it that way, yet if she walked down the aisle in a uniform, no one would be appalled by this racially mixed woman with blond hair.
Then what about hair relaxers? A lot of black women use that to straighten their hair out. Would that be a violation of "natural looks?"
I can see how some people would be appalled by purple hair, especially since its not part of the norm. But, if an olive skinned italian brunette can dye her hair peroxide blond, why can't a black woman go for a bit of purple as long as she doesn't look like Barney?
I do agree with the Air France F/A about how dreadful and boring FA uniforms are in the US, especially in comparison with Air France. Style is not an overriding factor in the industry at present.
Corsairf/a From France, joined Oct 2000, 373 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (13 years 2 months 17 hours ago) and read 2302 times:
I do agree you are year 2000, but people travelling by plane are still looking for stylish, neat and so on cabin crew. As F/A the uniforme, make up(for female), your hair must fit with the airline rule cause you are representing it. It does not mean that you have to overshadow your own personnality.Guess what would happen at AA if everybody do what they want to.
A BIG MESS.....
Morecy From United States of America, joined May 2000, 216 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (13 years 2 months 14 hours ago) and read 2282 times:
If AA has a policy regarding personal appearance then it should be adhered to by all employees. You shouldn't make exceptions especially when it's spelled out. The reason these rules exist is to convey professionalism to the customer and within the organization itself. Especially When you're dealing with the public in terms of providing service, you have to LOOK like a professional. That's why we have sharp uniforms (some do anyway) and that's why you don't walk around with curlers in your hair or have a 5 o'clock shadow on a 7 AM flight. I agree that the purple hair crosses the line.
VirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (13 years 2 months 9 hours ago) and read 2260 times:
An FA with purple hair!?! Gasp!!! I'm shocked now my flight is shot to hell!!!!. You close minded people need to get a grip with these mellow dramatic statements your making. You're blowning this way out of proportion. I would rather have an FA with purple hair than the last 2 rude and racist flight attendents I encounterd on my last British Airways 747-200 flight JFK-LHR 2 years ago. We've come along way from the fancy suits, dresses and 707s; After all this is the 21st century isn't it. My calender says 2000 not 1960. But however I do draw the line when you have people comimg aboard a plane wearing stinky sweats that looked like they've never seen a washer in 5 months. I had to sit next to an obese man who's a$$ was taking half of my seat and wearing these dirty smelling black sweats with stains on it. Apparently he also didn't belive in using deoderant or tictacs. I felt like dragging this punk out to the tarmac and have the emergency crews hose him down with the fire hoses. I felt sorry for the cleaners who had to disinfect the plane after the flight and for the FAs who had to pick up the tray from this messy eater who had crumbs all over the floor below him and on his clothes. Unfortionatly the plane was full so I could not have my seat changed. This was a JFK-LAX flight 767-200 that lasted 7 hours.
VirginLover From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 958 posts, RR: 15 Reply 16, posted (13 years 2 months 9 hours ago) and read 2250 times:
So it's purple... and? No, I'm not the one to do that (I'm the one looking like a Catholic School girl in a public HS) but it's the year 2000, not 1950. As long as it didn't interfere with your service or safety, does it really matter? Sure- you might not like it- but you don't live with it
UALfa@jfk From United States of America, joined May 2000, 311 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (13 years 2 months 8 hours ago) and read 2252 times:
UA is supposedly an "ultra-conservative" airline. Yet, amongst my fellow 26,000 FAs, I have seen several outlandish personal styles that undoubtedly raise my eyebrows. Not so much of the fact of how they decided to wear their hair or uniform, but because of their courage to defy the chances of getting disciplined. Now the interesting thing is, when I run into these same people months later at ORD, SFO, or DEN, they mysteriously have returned to the "correct" formal and regulated look. I assume that they have, indeed, been disciplined or have been written up and warned.
-Female FAs who have shaven ALL of their hair off (a la Sinead O'Conner).
-Male FAs who wear eyeliner.
-Male FAs who wear blush.
-Male FAs who wear lip gloss (and try to pass it off as ChapStick).
-Male FAs who wear eyeliner, blush, AND lip gloss at the same time!
-Female FAs who "illegally" hem their skirts into a micro micro micro-mini look.
-FAs who insist on wearing 6" platform disco shoes with their uniform (male AND female).
-Black FAs with "Afro Puffs" (looks good on certain people, but it still goes against UA policy).
-Male FAs who wear black Adiddas or Nike sneakers.
-Very dark-complected Black FAs who bleach their hair platinum (a la the Hip hop artist, Sisqo).
-Female FAs who wear 3" fluorescent pink and orange fingernails.
-Male FAs who wear the gay rainbow flag pendants up and down their jacket sleeves,and rainbow rings on EVERY finger.
-FAs who use their OWN navy blue ultra-wide bellbottom pants just to "be in style."
-FAs with pierced tongues and refuse to remove the stud.
-FAs with the extreme "wet look" hairdo that leave slimy grease stains on the head portion of the jumpseat. (Ewwwwww! I reeeeeeaaalllly hate that!)
-FAs who wear long dread locks where every other braid is a different color (BOTH black and white FAs do this. --Picture Bo Derek with every other braid being green, then blonde, then green, then blonde, etc.)
...For the record, I don't mind some of the above, but some of the others are ridiculous. My point, again, is how they're willing to defy UA's strict dress code and risk getting written up for something that seems so easy to adhere to.
Jaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 19, posted (13 years 2 months 7 hours ago) and read 2229 times:
This is America. If they're friendly and courteous and have a sense of humor and offer you a pillow when you're falling asleep, I don't care if they're dressed like Sisqo or snoop doggy dogg or brittany spears or Bob Dole for that matter.
I think that passenges would rather have a smiling Macy Gray with a big poofy afro serve them than a nasty peroxide blond with an attitude like pesticide !!
UALfa@jfk From United States of America, joined May 2000, 311 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (13 years 2 months 6 hours ago) and read 2226 times:
Jaysit asks, "who cares?"
FYI, I definitely don't. Afterall, it most certainly doesn't affect MY paycheck when FAs decide to look different. Passengers don't look at *me* any different when co-worker Susie Blondie walks up & down the aisle with pink hair. And when I'm non-revving, I still could care less what the crew looks like since I fly for free (or close to nothing on everyone else's airline.)
Again, I'm looking at it from a co-worker's perspective. --Not a customer's perspective like everyone else here.
Evilboy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 21, posted (13 years 2 months 3 hours ago) and read 2208 times:
I just got to be honest, I am not trying to offend anyone, but I am from the younger, more liberal generation. But who really cares, you don't judge a book by its cover, so why judge a person by their appearance. To judge a person by their appearance is just plain ignorance on your behalf. I am sorry if I have offended you, that was not my intentions, but I feel their are much bigger problems in this world, such as violence and hate, which are far more important then a persons hair color. Peace my puppets
Gyro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 22, posted (13 years 2 months 2 hours ago) and read 2206 times:
Any airline employee represents the airline at all times... Now if an employee with such direct exposure to customers as FA's have decides to show up like that, I would have him or her seriously disciplined... What some of these FA's do nowadays isn't even allowed for Disneyland employees. And honestly, wouldn't you want your FA's, the ones who will help you evacuate the plane in an emergency, have a serious appearance. Not this Bozo like dude or dudette on platforms, make-up and funky colored hair!!!!
VirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0 Reply 24, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2168 times:
BA would probably shoot the crew member but Virgin will probably give him/her the employee of the month award for being different, having fun and drawing attention like what Richard Branson did a few years back when he dressed in drag. Hey; If the drag and the rubber ducky ideas can work maybe the purple hair scheme can work too Right along with the famous PSA smiles on painted on all VS aircraft by ex employees of PSA . I'd sure like to see that.
SW737-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 25, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2156 times:
I'am from the younger generation and I want to say that the F/A is getting PAID to perform a job for the airline in the view of the public and if he or she intentionally alters there appearance that is not in the airlines criteria then the airline has all right to take the necessary actions. Do not get me wrong I know we are in the new century and it is no longer the 50's. All I'am saying is that if he or she wants to alter there apperance they should go work for an airline that allows them to not one that does not!