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Dress And Appropriate Ettiquette For First Class  
User currently offlineUnitedFlyer1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3996 times:

What is your opinion regarding this?

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User currently offlineAiric From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3878 times:

I dress according to my standards, not the airline's standards, not the flight attendents' standards, not the other passengers' standards. I don't care if I'm the odd one out wearing baggy jeans and a basketball jersey. Already pay 3x the normal price for first class anyways.

User currently offlineJETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3871 times:

Should be unsmelley.....You bought a bigger seat and a meal.....nothing else.


User currently offlineTravaz From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3854 times:

I often fly F/C out of PHX to Vegas or LAX for pleasure and always go in Shorts and a t. If I pay for the seat I wear what i want. Of course UNsmelly is a requirement!

User currently offlineFlyin' Guppy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3839 times:

As for attire, to each his own.  Insane

Me? On the few occasions I fly first class, I wear business/casual attire if it's a daytime flight. For a night flight - something more comfortable, but never jeans or athletic shoes: I save those for the destination.

I think choosing attire depends on the area of the world you're flying in. In the Caribbean, it's too hot for wool suits and wingtips. Unless you're on a transatlantic flight from Barbados, you can usually get away with a collared shirt, nice pair of shorts and some leather sandals -- it seems to be the uniform choice, even in first class. In coach, you'll find a few people still in their bathing suits and cut-offs, with white sand stuck in their little beach braids!

I think etiquette standards should be applied equally to all classes. I don't like loud or intrusive seat mates in either cabin. Bottom line: They can dress appalingly, but if they smell okay and keep a low profile, no problem.

User currently offlineSixStarAnsett From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3827 times:

Come off it! LOL you have to look posh or the airline might not let you sit with the "chosen people"!

User currently offlineDeltaOwnsAll From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1173 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3800 times:

This may sound stupid to some, but when I fly First Class I usually just where a plain white T-Shirt and Basketball Shorts. It's always fun to go first class and when the airline people think you're dirty and rude or something by your clothing, but you're really polite, sophisticated, and flying First Class. It's funny to see how other people are so judgemental by appearance, especially when there are snobby people in First Class.

User currently offlineManel From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3776 times:

IMHO people have the right to chose what they want to wear. Some of the times I travelled in First Class I was wearing a t-shirt and shorts and I was very well treated. However, I think dressing well when you´re travelling in First gives you some status.
I think people must not be judged by their clothes but by their attitudes.


User currently offlineAmbasaid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3747 times:

You can usually tell the staff passengers in First/Business, they are the only ones wearing suits!  Smile

User currently offlineBokratensa From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3744 times:

You can always dress the way you like. But has anyone ever been treated differently in FC because he/ she was dressed casually?

Good Day!

User currently offlineBishop1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3738 times:


Usually when I travel, whether first or coach, on the outbound flight I wear dockers and a short sleeve shirt (I travel to warm destinations). On the return usually shorts, shoes and a shirt. Usually everything is cotton, so just in case there is a fire, I would rather have the cotton burn away than have the nylon, rayon, or what ever stick to me.

Also, people in first aren't always snobs........I am not a snob.............I just do upgrades for the leg room.(LOL)

User currently offlineCeilidh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3727 times:

I usually wear a suit if it's a work day; or chinos and blazer if it's the weekend. I do, however, find that the first class product has been completely eroded, particularly in the States. At a rough guess, I'd say that 90% of pax flying up front are non revs, FFP upgrades and FFP mileage awards. In addition on some carriers, you no longer get the standard of catering that used to be provided - so all you're effectively getting is a bigger seat with more legroom. That's not first class - that's Premium Economy!

User currently offlineDuke From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 1187 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3718 times:

I'm glad to see society has evolved from the rules of
the 1950s. You're a paying passenger, not a
houseguest at a fancy party. Of course, you
shouldn't annoy others, and rules like being
"unsmell(e)y" ( Big grin ) should be observed.

User currently offlineBLACK BOX From Australia, joined Jun 2001, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3697 times:

Then there was the day 3 of us were travelling in Row 1 dressed in light casual attire around 5.00pm on a busy weekday with the aircraft filling up with "Suits". We were all on full-fare premium class tickets.

A snobby businessman in a suit sits next to my mate and says "Are you sure you're in the right seat ???", he replies "Yeh, are you sure YOU are supposed to be sitting next to ME". Cracked us up !!!

Its been my experiance that the worst dressed are sometimes the wealthiest. How many times have you seen film stars in baseball caps & sunglasses ?????.

And yes, staff travellers stick out like sore thumbs !!!

User currently offlineTan flyr From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1983 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3701 times:

Everyone has the "right" to wear what they want. You should note you have some responsibility to note your enviornment and dress accordingly. In the summer time, on weekends, I think dress shorts and a nice polo are fine. During the week I wear lite cotton dockers and a nice polo or nice casual button down collar shirt.

In cooler times of the year, usually black or blue dockers, button down collar nice casual or relaxed dress(business casual) shirt. Only on the summer weekends would I wear nice tennis shoes. Other times one of my pair of Rockports, or dress shoes.

Remember, like it or not, you are judged on your appearance. IMO,One should be freshly showered, and have a bit of nice fragrance on (if u use it).
You never can tell who you might end up sitting next to. Over the years I have had the pleasure of sitting next to Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, Actor James Garner, some actress from the stage in NY(don't remember her name, nice attractive woman tho). You might end up sitting next to someone that can offer you the "perfect job" or your meet you new wife/husband.

User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2898 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3674 times:

I think everyone makes judgements based on appearance, it's inevitable. While I usually don't fly first class, I had this conversation with a co-worker yesterday. I agree with most people: if you're paying the money (and even if you're not), you have the right to wear whatever you want. Obviously, this is within reasonable limits. Just to illustrate the point that looks can be deceiving: I walked into the office yesterday and met the owner of the company. Had I seen him walking down the street, I would have dismissed him as a homeless person. His clothes looked gross! I think this was an extreme as he should NOT have been dressed in those clothes. I think his white t-shirt was yellow...

User currently offlineEyeSky From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 332 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3665 times:
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The way you are dressed definitely influences gate agents when it comes time to "bump" people into business class when coach is overbooked. A very good friend of mine who worked for AA told me that the nicer your attire, the better your chances are of being offered an upgrade.

This tip paid off for me on a full flight from LGW to DFW. My friend had told me that coach was almost always overbooked on this flight and that if I was interested in an upgrade that I should wear a sport coat, tie and decent looking shoes and identify myself to the gate agent as being interested in an upgrade to business class if coach was overbooked.

Sure enough, I was one of eight coach pax offered a seat in business class that day. Every one that was offered this upgrade was dressed in what was considered to be business or business casual attire.

On the other hand, I was bumped up to first class on an Eastern Airlines flight back when I was a poor but honest, jeans and sneakers wearing college student, just because I was willing to cooperate. Our 722 had been held for about 20 minutes past scheduled departure for a dozen or so connecting pax. When they finally boarded, the FA's discovered that 3 of the connecting pax had been issued the same seat assignments as pax who had already boarded. There wasn't a seat left in coach and two guys were making a stink because they were supposed to sit together. Everyone else was ready to go and things were really starting to get ugly when I told the FA who was trying to settle things that I would gladly move my seat if it would help. She smiled and thanked me, asked me to get my carry on and then proceeded to usher me up to first class where I was treated like royalty. I was seated next to a high powered business type who gave me the once over and then went back to his Wall Street Journal. The guy never said a word to me during the entire flight. I wasn't smelly or obnoxious, but I think he resented the fact that I was obviously sitting somewhere he didn't think I belonged.

EyeSky  Insane

User currently offlineDeltaOwnsAll From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1173 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3660 times:

I really said "especially when there are snobby people in First Class". But, now that I think of it, I never really see snobs there. I've never been treated badly by a F/A because I was dressed differently, but I have seen other pax in First Class looking at me funny as if I must be a coach passenger wearing what I was. Usually the people with suits on are business travellers.

User currently offlineJeb From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3650 times:

I always wear a bow-tie, regardless. If ever you notice a fellow rushing around an airport (or anywhere, for that matter) it is probably me.


User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3222 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3650 times:

Wearing t-shirts and all is up to you but if you are travelling internationally and are dressed sloppily then be prepared to spend a lot longer in immigration. Especially if you are heading to Asia.

I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3648 times:

You can always tell a non-rev in First Class on a longhaul because they board in a suit, change into casual clothes as soon as you are airborne and always shave before landing!

User currently offlineDocpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1971 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3622 times:

My mum used to work in SQ and when we took First Class, no jeans were allowed. No T shirts or sport shoes either. I never wore blue jeans but always got through with black, green, beige, etc jeans and a short-sleeved casual shirt, tucked out. With walking shoes. Well i was 17 then. My dad usually wore a shirt and pants. Nothing fancy. No suits or anything like that required. And as staff passengers, we were not supposed to tell other passengers we were staff passengers. I really miss those first class days......for 17 years of my life....*sob* The great thing is, we were never bumped off a flight for all those 17 years. except a KUL-SIN one, but there was another flight in like, 30 mins or something so it doesn't really count does it....OK...I'm digressing. that's all.

User currently offlineBlink182 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 5500 posts, RR: 14
Reply 22, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3627 times:

We got upgraded to first class once due to the fact we were flying full fare business class on ORD-ZRH(this was 1999) and because of that, we got an automatic upgrade on the DFW-ORD leg(this was a few weeks before our flight). I wore addidas sweat pants and a one-pocket tee. Whether because I am a kid or not, no one looked at me funny. My mom wore khaki pants and a white tshirt while my dad wore khaki pants and a button down, while my bro(us330) wore jeans and a t-shirt and no one looked at us funny at all. Oddly enough, there really wasn't any business people in first class at all. We had an early flight so that may be why.
And in business, there was a few business people(probably swiss bank people) but no one was really dressed up. Mostly khakis,blazer and buttondown. What was funny was on the return from switzerland(GVA-LGW) everybody was dressed and everybody had American accents. And everybody was connecting at LGW to go back to the states. The people sitting in front of us were going back to houston(overheard conversation) on LGW-DFW in business, there was some business people, but there were a LOT of kids.

Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
User currently offlineBraniff727 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 686 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3612 times:

Ettiquette should be treating everyone with respect, whether you are an FA, PAX in coach, BC or FC. Dress should be whatever you want. First class is just a bigger seat anymore. There's really nothing classy about it.

If we were back in the golden age of aviation I would dress up, but let's face it... Flying ain't what it used to be...

User currently offlineAirplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3604 times:

Airlines advertise about how much more comfortable their first class is than any other airline. If first class is about comfort, people should be able to wear what feels most comfortable to them.

25 Blink182 : I want to add on to my original post. People shouldn't be judged by what they wear. In first class, that guy with a pair of jeans and black t-shirt wi
26 UnitedFlyer1 : Thanks to all, anyone else?
27 Greg : No problems with US airliners..but get this: BA had an issue with me once....had me turn around at the ticket counter like they were checking me out.
28 AA7771stClass : From a non-rev's perspective, I can promise you that 90% of the people in first class are actually paying passengers. I've taken 2 trips to CDG on AA
29 Srbmod : Of all the times I flew non-rev on Delta, very rarely did I see anyone that was wearing less than business casual in Business Class. Bear in mind that
30 Jwenting : "did anyone get treated differently because they dressed casually"? Yes. My father flew 1st class with KLM several times (usually upgraded from busine
31 SSTjumbo : Flying out to SFO from ORD one time on a 742, There was not one decked out traveller, or maybe one or two. On this flight, I wore a t-shirt, denim sho
32 B744F : just would like to say.... remember, FA always knows WHO YOU ARE (from pax manifest). i mean they know if you full-fare paying, discounted, upgraded o
33 RyRy : If my parents are nice enough to buy me a f/c class ticket, i will dress up. I usually wear some jeans, my fav Tommy 485's, with Dr Marten boots and u
34 Dasheighty : Well as a kid I was made to wear a suit and tie in first class...Now I just wear shorts amd a t shirt. I hate wearind suits when I go to work I'm sure
35 Hypermike : IMHO, when I fly first, I use that as my opportunity to wear some clothes that tend to find themselves in the corners of my closet. This happens becau
36 Sxmarbury33 : Yea i am 15 and i fly between first and coach split 50/50 and a lot of the time i am offered wine in first class. Being 15 i dont think i look even cl
37 RyRy : Well, im 17 (and look it), and when i travel first with my parents, i can usually order an alchohalic (sp?) drink, and they dont quesiton it. Its prob
38 Aerorobnz : I think domestic first class & international first class are slightly different, most airlines on longhaul flights require you to be in at least a sma
39 XFSUgimpLB41X : cowboy boots and a smile.
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