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When You Fly, How Do You Dress?  
User currently offlineAA 777 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 814 posts, RR: 11
Posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3986 times:
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When you fly what do you wear? Do you dress up, dress casual or just wear T-shirts?

Whenever I fly I have to dress up because my mom works for AA and the rules say that you have to be dressed up.

AA 777

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User currently offlineBrian_ga From United States of America, joined May 2001, 294 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3956 times:

When I was a travel agent flying on a free pass I had to dress up. But now, I dress in business casual. I can't fly in shorts and t-shirts...just does not feel right.

brian_ga  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Keep looking up, that's the secret to life....Snoopy
User currently offlineCmk10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3954 times:

I always look presentable. If im flying domestically its always a collared shirt tucked into either pants or if its hot, shorts. I always have socks and sneakers on. If I'm flying internationally I always wear pants.
DC-10's Forever

"Traveling light is the only way to fly" - Eric Clapton
User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 37
Reply 3, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3932 times:

Depends what class I'm flying in and what the weather is outside.

When I'm in coach I always wear a collared shirt, usually a polo-style shirt, and usually jeans or khaki shorts. If its the summer, I might wear Birkenstocks (I know sandals are unsafe to wear on aircraft). Otherwise, I wear sneakers or Doc Martens.

When I fly in first and business, I always wear a dress shirt and usually a tie (if its not the summer).

I hate people that dress like slobs when they travel. Its like, c'mon, the last thing 200 people want to see is you wearing a sleeveless shirt and cutoff shorts.

America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
User currently offlineKL713 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2001, 772 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3927 times:

just casual.....but always my best casual clothing...and nothing too tight...

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User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 79
Reply 5, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3918 times:

It really depends on what I had to do before I left, or what I have to do right when I get there.

Sometimes I'll be in a suit, and miserable. Sometimes I'll look like a college student. Sometimes I'll be in my business casual having just left the office. But never shorts... I invariably get cold at some point...


User currently offlineBlink182 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 5499 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3912 times:

I'm pretty casual, but without looking like a slob. I don't tuck my shirt in, or wear a collared shirt(both of which I hate doing), but I don't look like an all out slob with cut off shorts and a sleeveless tshirt. I usually wear a pair of jeans and a tshirt and whatever the weather is like is what i will wear on my feet.


Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 32
Reply 7, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3899 times:

in clothes (usually) .

User currently offlineRailmatt From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 212 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3892 times:

I almost always wear a tie and slacks. Sometime a suit if traveling First Class.

No. I am not a non-rev.

Hey. I like to fly. This makes the experience something special.

User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3880 times:

It totally depends on what I'm doing and how I'm feeling. I'm as likely to be dressed with a tie as to be in a t-shirt and shorts. I really don't worry about the 'experience' anymore -- the airlines have pretty well beaten any special out of the air.


User currently offlineGodbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2753 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3879 times:

Depends on the airline and the reason why I am traveling... If I fly someplace just to go spotting at that airport then I dress so that I can walk around a lot without getting tired (light and comfortable shoes) but as soon as I have another purpose I do try to look more business-like.
One time I flew with an ID-90 on SAS and at the gate I was reamed out because I had a t-shirt on, so there I had learnt my lesson. And anyways in a case of an upgrade it is always good to look appropriate.
The only airline where I would probably care less about how I look is on Ryanair.


User currently offlineDelta-flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2682 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3857 times:

I dress depending on what business I have when I arrive, not for the benefit of the airline or the other passengers. If I take an AM flight to get to a meeting with customers in the afternoon, I wear a suit. If it's just to meet colleagues, I wear business casual. If I fly in the evening only to head to a hotel upon arriving, I wear jeans and casual shirt.

But clothing is about the last thing I think about when traveling.


"In God we trust, everyone else bring data"
User currently offlineUALPHLCS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3850 times:

I understand the need to be comfortable, but some of the clothes I've seen on people flying are a disgrace. I always try to where a Polo or golf shirt. I have a favorite button down shirt that is very confortable as well, and it looks good w/ a tie! I where the most conforatable khaki's and walking shoes. I've been very confortable in these cloths even on International flights.

I see no reason why airlines can't demand a better dress code for upper levels of service. If a restaurant can deny you seating for showing up with out a tie and airline should be able to demand proper dress for passengers in Buisness and first. Again nothing extreme but presentable.

User currently offlineAirplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3834 times:

I normally just wear what I would on a normal day, but then again, I always fly in Y. The clothes I wear are normally shorts or pants, and a T-shirt or long sleeved T-shirt (all depending on the weather). I usually dress a little bit warmer for an airplane than I would if I was going to be outside all day. I find it to be cold on airplanes.

User currently offlineTommyBoy From United States of America, joined May 2000, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3818 times:

I just wear t-shirts....until the flight attendant tells me to put my pants back on...

User currently offlineJtamu97 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 666 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3816 times:

Usually shorts and a nice t-shirt and even in business class as the flights are usually over 12 hours and I like to feel very comfortable..Also depends on the weather where I am going if it is a short haul flight.


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User currently offlineTbird From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 851 posts, RR: 18
Reply 16, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3815 times:


I generally like to look professional when I fly, you never know who you'll run into. Collared shirt, tucked into a nice pair of Kenneth Cole slacks, and always polished shoes. When I'm going on vaca I'll dress down a bit but still presentable, cargo shorts and a collared shirt. You make think this is shallow but people do respect you more upfront if you look good.


User currently offlineTan Flyr From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3808 times:

Yes, flying really used to mean you dressed up. Back in the 60's my father always wore a suit, white shirt and tie(My mother ironed the shirt with lots of spray starch!LOL). Now that I am that age(mid 40's), I generally wear pressed dockers, button down collar shirt, and if it is the cooler months, I'll take a sports coat( I have an old favorite just for travel).

You stand a far better chance of getting comped up front if you look pretty decent including a relative recent haircut, nice fragrance, etc.
Also, you never can tell who you might meet..and you NEVER get a second chance for a first impression!

Hope to see you up front sometime!

User currently offlineWilcharl From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1182 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3803 times:

I was probley the tail end of the last generation to get dressed up to fly, but bi always dress professional for flying. at the very least a polo shirt and kakkies be it travel for busines or pleasuure... when i cross the pond i bring a change of clothes and change on the plane to something more suitable for sleeping in

User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3794 times:

On the 'comp' thread, the only times I've gotten a free bump have been when I've been dressed rattily. In general, the agents look at FF status first, then worry about anything else.

Most of the time it happens at the gate, and they've made their decision without even seeing me; I just hear "Will passenger Levin please come to the podium"


User currently offlineBarcode From Switzerland, joined Dec 2001, 678 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3792 times:

Errrm trousers and jumper or smart blouse. I'm not a snob by any means, but I wouldn't go out in public without looking presentable so it escapes me why I've seen some people on flights looking like they reside in a dustbin.

User currently offlineFrequentflier From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 422 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3776 times:

The key word is comfortable.

I dress usually in clothes that are really comfortable to wear and also in layers if a climate change is in store. For instance, going to Florida, I'll wear a sweat shirt with a tee shirt underneath and shorts/pants. I see no reason why anyone should be forced to dress up for a flight. In fact, if I went on a flight from New York to Australlia, I would probably change into pajamas or something like them on the plane. I would rather be comfortable than look "presentable" in the eyes of fellow passengers.

User currently offlineLV From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 2020 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3739 times:

Never ever ever shorts, always full length pants. Usually Kakhis or trousers. I think I wore jeans once, that was spring break last year in and out of vegas and I was still one of the best dressed people on the plane (in all fairness, it is vegas). I usually wear my good shoes, I have been caught in tennis shoes before.
To back up the comment on you never know who you will meet. On one flight I met a guy who ended up being the vice president of the company I was on my way to interview with. I believe that definatly helped the interview out.

User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3733 times:

It really all depends where I'm going and what I'm flying for...

I've flown in a suit before many times for instance to go to a meeting or a conference or something work-related.

However, if I'm going on vacation and I'm coming from home, I'll usually dress down and wear something casual along with a baseball cap.

If I'm going on vacation and coming from work, I'll just wear what I have on minus the tie... which is usually a long-sleeved dress shirt with dress pants and nice shoes.

Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineMandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 7521 posts, RR: 76
Reply 24, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks ago) and read 3691 times:

Domestic Flights: I need something with a pocket where I can out my ticket and boarding pass... normally business casuals... It helps when dealing with trouble such as talking to airline staff if there is a delay or making a complaint... and I get wider, warmer smiles when complementing that way.

International flights: same philosophy as above, but since I have to carry passports, sponsorship letters etc etc etc etc... I prefer wearing a business jacket so i can put those stuff on the inside pocket. Plus, my country requires that my passport is kept in pristine clean condition... so putting it in a suitable place helps... the jacket is also a nice light blanket for long haul flights  Smile

It works psychologically when dealing with troublesome immigration, security, customs etc.


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25 Portcolumbus : T-Shirt and jeans. Since I only fly cattle class, I find this presentable. Not that I give a damn what people think anyway.
26 Post contains images Airsicknessbag : My prime concern is safety, the second one personal comfort. For safety: - long sleeves and long pants - stable shoes (i.e. no sandals etc.) - no synt
27 Post contains images Jhooper : Usually just speedos
28 Turbolet : One rule: Dress light, limit metal worn. That's what I do. -turbolet
29 Trey : When I fly: SWA: Jock strap, T-shirt, and paper bags on my feet. Delta: Somthing I don't mind getting blood on b/c there will almost certainly be a fi
30 Jcs17 : SWA: Jock strap, T-shirt, and paper bags on my feet. Trey, a t-shirt??? C'mon, thats dressing up a bit too much, on Southwest you need to wear a slee
31 America West : When I fly, I dress just like I do any other day. I'll make myself look decent in a pair of loose fitting (not baggy) jeans, a nice t-shirt, and a pai
32 Janne : When I was a kid back in the 50'ies we always dressed up when going on a flight. That's how you were supposed to appear in an airplane. But now that I
33 HlywdCatft : Depends what I am flying for. If I am travelling on business type travel and have a meeting that day- I will wear a shirt and tie and dress pants If I
34 Janne : If I'm on a business trip I will have a white shirt and tie. If I'm going to the Berlin Pride Festival I'll be wearing hotpants and earrings. /janne
35 Ahlfors : I've realized on several airlines that the better dressed you are, the better the service. If I dress like the college student that I am, I get treate
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