Bruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5089 posts, RR: 13 Posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 880 times:
On my recent trip I noticed a lot of flight crewmembers of all different ranks. THey're all wearing what seems like the same color navy-blue suit, white shirt & tie for the guys....stripes.... even the same color jackets/coats. Unless of course you fly for SWA, then I guess you could show up in flip-flops and jeans!
Where exactly did this "uniform" originate? What do the stripes mean? (do different ranks get more or less stripes)? Does each individual airline specify a uniform - they all seem to be the same.
And how about in other countries? I have never been overseas. Is it the same?
All the pilots, First officers, Flight Engineers that I've seen look extremely professional. As a pilot, when you walk through the airport does it give you a sense of pride in your profession?
Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
The Ticketor From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 434 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 845 times:
The more stripes you have, the higher your rank is, isn't that obvious? Every carrier of designs their own uniform, with varying results. I work in one myself, and I think the uniform is one of the most important "image makers" an airline has. Do they want people to think of them as a very competent airline, or relaxed, or modern or what? This all influences the design of the uniform. I just hope that when my airline gets new uniforms (in about a year) they drop the white shirt, 'cause it's really not practical (it gets dirty, you see), but I guess that may be too much to hope for. We all have stripes (one to four), and I hope we get to keep them because it does seem to have a nice psychological effect (and I think it looks good to).