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When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sat Nov 16, 2002 7:59 am

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.

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brian_ga
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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sat Nov 16, 2002 8:15 am

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.

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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sat Nov 16, 2002 8:17 am

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.
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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sat Nov 16, 2002 9:13 am

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.
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kl713
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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sat Nov 16, 2002 9:16 am

just casual.....but always my best casual clothing...and nothing too tight...
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gigneil
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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sat Nov 16, 2002 9:20 am

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...

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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sat Nov 16, 2002 9:27 am

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.

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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sat Nov 16, 2002 9:45 am

in clothes (usually) .
 
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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sat Nov 16, 2002 10:00 am

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.
 
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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sat Nov 16, 2002 10:13 am

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.

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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sat Nov 16, 2002 10:15 am

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.

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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sat Nov 16, 2002 10:52 am

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.

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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sat Nov 16, 2002 11:02 am

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.
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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sat Nov 16, 2002 11:38 am

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.
 
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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sat Nov 16, 2002 12:00 pm

I just wear t-shirts....until the flight attendant tells me to put my pants back on...
 
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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sat Nov 16, 2002 12:01 pm

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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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sat Nov 16, 2002 12:04 pm

Greetings:

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.

Regards
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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sat Nov 16, 2002 12:12 pm

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!
 
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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sat Nov 16, 2002 12:14 pm

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
 
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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sat Nov 16, 2002 12:25 pm

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"

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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sat Nov 16, 2002 12:29 pm

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.

 
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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sat Nov 16, 2002 12:59 pm

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.
 
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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sat Nov 16, 2002 2:49 pm

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.
 
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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sat Nov 16, 2002 2:54 pm

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.
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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sat Nov 16, 2002 8:47 pm

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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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sun Nov 17, 2002 12:05 am

T-Shirt and jeans. Since I only fly cattle class, I find this presentable. Not that I give a damn what people think anyway.
 
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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sun Nov 17, 2002 12:45 am

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 synthetic clothing (i.e. wool, cotton, denim instead of polyester etc.)
- no tie
- no hair spray

For comfort:
- loose fitting stuff (that doesn´t mean I run around in baggy pants, just not too tight things)
- clothing in layers to be able to adjust to many different temperature levels by just removing or adding a layer

Daniel, the paranoid one  Wink/being sarcastic

 
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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sun Nov 17, 2002 3:53 am

Usually just speedos Big grin
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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sun Nov 17, 2002 4:56 am

One rule:
Dress light, limit metal worn.
That's what I do.
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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sun Nov 17, 2002 5:29 am

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 fight-
BA: Knickers and Spats

These are the companies I fly the most-
 
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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sun Nov 17, 2002 5:37 am

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 sleeveless shirt, preferably one that you grew out of several years ago.
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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sun Nov 17, 2002 7:48 am

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 pair of tennis shoes. I don't know why I'd wear anything other than that. When I'm on an airplane, I'm trying to enjoy myself, not impress strangers.
 
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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sun Nov 17, 2002 8:11 am

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'm grown up I fly in the same kind of outfit that I use all
the time, at work and other places. Meaning they usually try to put
me in the cargo compartment of the aircraft, for the benefit of the other
passengers.
/janne
 
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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sun Nov 17, 2002 8:17 am

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 am travelling on a vacation to visit my friends out of state or just to go down to Florida to relax, you will likely see me in a t-shirt with some heavy metal band on it with a Detroit Red Wings hat and jeans
 
janne
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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sun Nov 17, 2002 8:22 am

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
 
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RE: When You Fly, How Do You Dress?

Sun Nov 17, 2002 9:43 am

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 treated like one. If I dress up and look like I was traveling on business or something, the service is considerably better. Twice when I've flown Continental they forgot to load my special meal (usually they're pretty good about it). Anyways, the first time I had just casual college style stuff on, and they said sorry, but they didn't get my order and I would just have to take what they offered everyone else. The second time, I was dressed up, and they found me a vegetarian meal from somewhere in business class. Also, check in agents are nicer when I am dressed up, and the few times I've gotten upgraded, I've always been dressed up. So, nowadays, I always dress up when I fly.

The more you look like a frequent business traveller, the more you'll be treated like one.

Thomas