gf-a330
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Suitable Business Class Attire

Sun Nov 07, 2004 9:16 am

Hi

If you were to ever fly business class, would you dress more smartly than you would do if you were flying economy or would you just dress casually.

I need to know.
 
jumbojim747
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Sun Nov 07, 2004 9:33 am

I would dress the same as if i was flying economy .
I used to know a business man who used to fly economy when i asked him why he never flew business he told me .
Because it makes no difference i still get to my destination at the same time .  Smile

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gigneil
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Sun Nov 07, 2004 9:37 am

I frequently dress the same.

I am on the plane to travel, and travel comfortably. When flying on a 12 hour longhaul, the last thing I need is fitted business clothes. I need to be able to sleep and be prepared for business, and not necessarily impress the other passengers.

Then there are times I don't... I fly in a suit or in whatever attire is appropriate for the meeting in question. If I have to jump right off the plane and rush to the office, then obviously I don't have time to change.

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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Sun Nov 07, 2004 9:39 am

Dressing in a business casual style would be appropiate and welcomed by the FAs who will wait on you.

JumboJim
That businessman is stupid and I hope you have not bought into that sour grapes explanation. I bet you if he was ever upgraded he would never have turned it down. Either he or his company were just too damn cheap to pay for a business class ticket.
 
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Sun Nov 07, 2004 9:44 am

Well, the one time I was upgraded to J class, I did not know till I was at the airport, so no dice. But seriously, you don't need to dress up. With all that can happen to you on an airplane, even in J or F, because of cabin pressure and length of time sitting still, it is better to just be comfortable
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Sun Nov 07, 2004 9:54 am

What do u mean dress up? Are you talking about a tuxedo? formal wear? And when you say comfortable, are you referring to shorts and t-shirt with flip flops or trainers?

Once again I say dress at least in business casual. Do you know how many times I have upgraded pax from business to first in times of over bookings. I will tell you this - no slob gets an upgrade in such a situation!
 
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Sun Nov 07, 2004 9:56 am

I wear a dress shirt and jacket no matter what class I travel - although admittingly, it has been a while since I have been in economy - but the tie is packed away. I wear a jacket simply because the pockets come in handy. On long haul, once on board the jacket is put away and I put on a comfortable sweater.
 
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Sun Nov 07, 2004 11:21 am

Areofan -

It the risk of being summarily flamed and flogged (probably rightly so), what is the trick to get oneself upgraded?

When I was about 13 or 14 (1997/8) I was bumped into the F-cabin of a NW DC-10-x (probably 30 at the time) from DTW-LAX at the gate* and that was when I was when my entire wardrobe was shorts/t-shirts/flip-flops**

That was the best, most comfortable flight of my life, even if I didn't get a window... I was sorry to see it end. Probably one of the major reasons that NW is my favorite.***

Now, at 20, my wardrobe is entirely business casual/upper end business casual, I'm nice as can be to the CSRs ('cuz you folks deal with a lot of c*** from pax that you don't deserve)... and haven't seen a F seat since that time in '97.

What did I do to get myself upgraded back then? I wasn’t even a WorldPerks member at the time (now I have my # memorized)/

Lincoln
[PS - Speaking of DTW, It's a little unnerving to walk by an abandoned gate and see a WorldSpan terminal still logged in...]

* - No one told me that they were doing it, they just took my ticket (originally booked 20C) and handed me a boarding pass for 6C. Quite a suprise when I got on.

** - Hey, I live in SoCal, what can I say.

*** - Well, that and the fact that Mesaba/Pinnacle is the only way to get to PLN.
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AEROFAN
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Sun Nov 07, 2004 12:35 pm

Lincoln,

Times have changed somewhat since 9/11. Due to the lack of turning profits many carriers are now no longer giving upgrades unless they are paid for or due to operational reasons. And I must point out as well that it differs from carrier to carrier.
On my carrier we used to give at least 3 upgrades per flight if the person was nice at checkin. Now sorry to say this is no longer the norm. There is really no trick to it. It more comes down to operational reason ie over bookings or cancellation of other flights. You can still try being super friendly when checking in and then just before you are about to leave the counter ask with a smile, "if there is any chance of an upgrade". Can't say whether or not it will work, but what's the worse that can happen?

Here's how it works...
If the economy cabin is over booked then we move some economy pax to business and move some business to first. The way we do it is to first look for business pax who are traveling on full fares and those who are our top FF. Those who are moved from economy tend to be those pax who are nicely attired. Flip flops and shorts are never upgraded on my shift.
 
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Sun Nov 07, 2004 12:40 pm

Dress up? No chance! It ain't the 1950s anymore!

I am usually in J now and when I fly during the day I usually wear button up shirt and chinos. I usually wear this stuff anyway but it is comfortable.

When flying overnight I wear any comfortable garb. Coming back from SFO last time I wore sailing club t-shirt, shorts and flip-flops. The BA staff couldnt' care less in fact the only trouble I got was at check-in. The J line was empty while the Y line snaked round the area and was static. As I approached the desk a man in business dress leaned over and told me I should read the line that it was for Business Class passengers only. While it was tempting to either explain it was for also OW Sapphires and that as a J passenger I was entitled to use that line or perhaps use sarcastic comments I chose to ignore him  Smile
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gigneil
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Sun Nov 07, 2004 12:48 pm

Dressing in a business casual style would be appropiate and welcomed by the FAs who will wait on you.

I'm not there for the FA's comfort. I'm there to get to my destination and get my job done. I am always overly friendly and cordial to the FAs, and I go out of my way to make their job pleasant.

I never dress like a slob, but I'm not gonna dress business casual on a 14 hour flight that I intend to sleep through.

That businessman is stupid and I hope you have not bought into that sour grapes explanation.

What is wrong with you? The businessman said he doesn't fly business because he gets there at the same time. Not everybody needs or wants to pay for business class service and there's nothing wrong with that.

N
 
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Sun Nov 07, 2004 1:12 pm

The businessman said he doesn't fly business because he gets there at the same time

So I'm guessing his travel policy was Concorde or Y  Insane

He does have a point regarding not getting there any faster however if the flight happens to be an 11hr overnight flight and you are in the meeting the next afternoon and because you couldn't get a decent sleep and are unfit for work the cost benefit of flying Y vs J is lost.

[Edited 2004-11-07 05:26:18]
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Sun Nov 07, 2004 1:17 pm

The one time I was upgraded to Business Class (I found out at the airport when I checked in) was on a Cathay Pacific flight from CDG - HKG, and I was wearing pajamas as it was going to be my longest flight yet (I was 14, in 1998, and the next summer I had a longer flight...but that's beside the story). The lady at check in just kind of chuckled and asked me if I wouldn't mind a roomier seat and better food. I was, of course, thrilled.
 
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Sun Nov 07, 2004 1:37 pm

What do u mean dress up? Are you talking about a tuxedo? formal wear? And when you say comfortable, are you referring to shorts and t-shirt with flip flops or trainers?

I think what he means is dont go in there looking like you just got finished cutting the grass.

Look like you at least tried to put some effort into it. This goes for life in general: if you want people to take you seriously, 90% is all about your appearance and how you carry yourself. So, you can be confortable AND nicely dressed.

A nice shirt and comfortable khakis always works. You don't have to wear a suit to look professional.
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Sun Nov 07, 2004 1:52 pm

for economy: jeans

for getting upgraded: dockers, a nice shirt and probably shave too

for flying in business or first: jeans and a nice shirt...
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Sun Nov 07, 2004 2:13 pm

I think what he means is dont go in there looking like you just got finished cutting the grass.

I would never walk out of my house looking like that, even to go to the grocery store much less to go on an aircraft with hundreds of people that can see me.

N
 
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Sun Nov 07, 2004 2:22 pm

It the risk of being summarily flamed and flogged (probably rightly so), what is the trick to get oneself upgraded?
As Aerofan said, there aren't too many unearned upgrades going on these days. Some people on here have reported good experiences in the past, but for the most part its just not possible. Many flights have waiting lists of elites who are hoping for upgrades and they would get the upgrade before any regular coach passenger. Airlines are losing too much money to give away things for free. However, being dressed nice and behaving well would be the best chance...and it certainly wouldn't hurt if the gate agent was of the opposite sex and found you attractive, but of course that's just luck of the draw on who's working the flight. Big grin
 
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Sun Nov 07, 2004 6:40 pm

Smart-casual, but comfortable, although in today's market, they won't care about what you wear, as long as you're paying them money. If you're out for an upgrade-better dress smart!

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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Sun Nov 07, 2004 7:58 pm

If I'm paying for my ticket, I wear what I want. If I'm looking to upgrade, I dress business casual. Comfort is my key to dress.
 
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Sun Nov 07, 2004 9:48 pm


Well, considering the last time I flew business class was this past march on Delta's business elite from MAD-ATL, both ways I flew with a hat, baggy pants....so I really don't care what I wear when I fly biz...just want to get the comfortably.
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Sun Nov 07, 2004 10:07 pm

That businessman is stupid and I hope you have not bought into that sour grapes explanation.

What is wrong with you? The businessman said he doesn't fly business because he gets there at the same time. Not everybody needs or wants to pay for business class service and there's nothing wrong with that.

Gigneil,

It is not what is wrong with me- it is more what's wrong with the hypocrisy espoused by the businessman and latched on by you like white on rice. That tired arguement that I wouldn't pay for business since both cabins get there at the same time is plain sour grapes. Once again, ask your self what you or that businessman would do if an upgrade to business was offered. Would you or him turn it down, explaining to the check in agent that it was not necessary since both cabins get there on time? I'll bet my last kidney you would not, nor would the businessman! Everyone, true, may not want to pay for J - because some of us are cheap asses! But no one would turn it down if it was offered free! So it is blatantly obvious that the reason espoused is nothing more than BS!
 
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Mon Nov 08, 2004 12:03 am

As a F/A working the First Class cabin, I have no problem with casual wear as long as that isn't a wife-beater, cut-off shorts and flip flops. Personally, I don't think you should wear a wife-beater (a-shirt, tank top) ANYWHERE on the plane as who wants to rub bare, hairy , sweaty shoulders with another pax?
It's just like anywhere- you get a little more respect in regards to upgrades if you don't look like you haven't changed your clothes since working in your garden!!!!
It is really sad that nobody has any pride when they leave their homes anymore!!!!
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Chrisjdurber
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Mon Nov 08, 2004 12:18 am

Well Im flying business for the first time in December, even on premium and economy flights in the past ive always worn comfortable but smart clothes, though the one thing that should be compulsory on all flights regardless of the class flown is PERSONAL HYGIENE!!!!!!! Believe me after being stuck next to some sweaty fat bloater on BA economy with armpit fumes and halitosis that could have melted plastic, I was seriously considering asking the crew for a fire extinguisher and some soap!!

Have airlines considered sheep dip or the likes for these customers!!!!!

(before everyone screams that was a joke!) but seriously you pay your money, wear what you like (lets face it if you hit monster turbulence and the drinks go everywhere it doesnt matter wear, though the class of wine stain in 1st is probably better than that in economy!!!!).
Though I do agree that if you off on your holidays its nice to look nice regardless of class!!

have fun and happy flying!!!

Chris
 
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Mon Nov 08, 2004 12:25 am

I cross the Atlantic in C- and F-class on KL and AF on a monthly basis.
I believe that the best dress code when flying in the upper classes is to be smart-casual, because you need to be comfortable when flying, especially for 8-10-14 hours.
But I believe that the most important thing is the respect for other fellow passengers: being polite is probably the best way to enjoy and let others enjoy the flight as well.
I've seen so many fellow pax removing socks and remain bare-footed in F-class across the Atlantic (although I kindly invited the F/A to adress the pax and tell him to wear socks in respct for other pax), wearing baggy pants, t-shirts and having that kind of attitude that you can find more appropriate in a gym and not in an exclusive cabin.
In addition to talking very loudly, drinking too much, etc.
The C- and F-class cabin is a forced environment where you are obliged to share the space with other unknown passengers.
Again if you respect the privacy of your space, as well as the privacy of the space of other pax, you can definitely enjoy and let others enjoy your flight in the best way.
And a good taste when dressing up, and matching the shirt with the trousers is still good sense and make you feel better, even if you are just wearing navy-blue chinos and a botton-down shirt matching with a nice leather belt and leather loafers.
 
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Mon Nov 08, 2004 12:34 am

For the last four years I have flown Business First on all but maybe 5 segments of all my flights, and I have accumulated 400,000 frequent flyer miles...As mentioned by some here, you don't know til your at the airport checking in. So I am in clean jeans and a button down shirt, or a couple shirts layered. I don't look like a slob, but I am going to be comfortable on the flight. I am usually flying a minimum of 6 maybe as much as 12 hours on my flights. So I want to be in a seat that is comfortable for me,( I am 6ft 2in). But I don't want to be over looked cause I look like I am going to the beach to lay out in the sun.
Making the checkin experience is always a good idea. They will remember you for it, and if they are stuck for seats, and if the people paying the higher fares are upgraded, and the elite passengers are upgraded, then you might stand a chance.....
Airlines don't give away the seats like they use to....so it pays to fly as much as possible with one airline......and fly comfortable.....wear what feels good
 
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Mon Nov 08, 2004 1:09 am

I echo the statements made by many here and that it is appropriate to dress casual. The only time that I have flown business class was last year on AA 412 from STT-JFK. The flight was oversold and AA was looking for volunteers. I volunteered under the impression that I would simply be on a later flight. But I was handed a boarding pass for a seat in row 1. I was wearing a t-shirt, khaki shorts, and sandals. This was probably okay since there was probably mostly leisure pax on board.

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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Mon Nov 08, 2004 1:47 am

The point I was trying to make was that for overnight flights why should I dress up? Do you wear a button up shirt and chinos to bed?

Despite the fact I was dressed like something out of the Americas Cup I did put a spare blanket on the seat, it's not only Y seats that aren't the cleanest places on earth! If I was in First I'd turn up in the same garb that I would for a day flight and change into supplied pyjamas, however, since that courtesy isn't extended to J passengers I have to get as close as possible and I am not willing to stuff my carry-on with a change of clothes!

While I wouldn't dress up for a flight I just dress fairly smart in everyday life. I sit here typing from my room wearing Ralph Lauren button up shirt with blue RL jumper and matching jeans. I will probably wear the same for my business class flight next weekend.
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Mon Nov 08, 2004 2:29 am

I tend to wear black shoes, smart jeans and a shirt when I fly whether in Y or J. On an overnight flight a take a pair of tracksuit bottoms and a loose t-shirt to change in to.

As a revenue passenger I don't think you should really worry about what you wear.
 
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Mon Nov 08, 2004 2:59 am

You have to ask yourself this, the chances of you getting upgraded to Biz from ECO is 99.9% more likely if you are dressed in a Coat and tie. Now ask yourself this too, would you rather fly eco in Casual Clothing or Biz in a Coat and Tie?
 
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Mon Nov 08, 2004 3:13 am

You know this question is on here every week practically. Its almost as common at the NW DC-9 question or the Southwest flashing landing lights question but this one leads to more arguments.

You paid for the ticket, dress how you want but take a SHOWER before flying because no one wants to smell armpit or open ass odor. Dress legally, no tank tops or barefeet. Keep your shoes on because no one wants to smell your feet.

If you want to wear a suit fine
If you want to wear a heavy metal band t-shirt and jeans, fine
football jersey- fine

Just make sure the clothes are clean and don't stink

You paid for the ticket, who cares if the other pax are offended by casual or non dress clothing, as long as you dont stink you shouldnt be offending anyone.

If you believe that FAs dont give as good of service if you are dressed nice, thats up to you.

I have dressed nice (business suit) in business class and got shitty service and I have dressed in a heavy metal band t shirt with jeans and a hockey team hat and gotten great service in business. Depends on the airline

 
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Mon Nov 08, 2004 3:17 am

I agree 100 % HlywdCatft, I meen I would rather dress up real nice if I think i have the slightest chance to be bumped up to biz and be wearing a coat and tie, most airlines i know wont upgrade you unless you are dressed nicely.
 
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Mon Nov 08, 2004 4:17 am

I dress up in my ghetto wear.
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David T
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Mon Nov 08, 2004 7:19 am

I am currently in the Maple Leaf Lounge in Edmonton en route to Calgary and then Winnipeg in Executive Class.

I am wearing the very same thing as if I had purchased an economy ticket. (For the record, Bahama casual trousers, Norman mock neck t-shirt and a wind shirt)

I have spent enough time on planes in the back, middle and front over the last 20 years and as the airline business evolves, so does the code from the old days which have largely become obsolete. Style of dress will be conducted or dictated by your reasons to fly, destination, expectations, and perhaps more importantly, who paid for the ticket.

I bought this ticket and I will dress as I see fit well within moral disciplines.
 
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Mon Nov 08, 2004 8:27 am

Hey yeah- we all subscribe to- it is my freedom to do as I like. So I hope when something goes wrong with flight operations and you are left for the next flight instead of receiving the upgrade, that you all remember the rights and freedoms oft trumpted. As a station manager at JFK - I will tell you that in times of offering free upgrades - Suits go before slacks. and slacks go before jeans. and shorts don't go at all!
 
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Mon Nov 08, 2004 11:56 am

IMHO - and I don't work for an airline, but from what I've seen/been told -Much like what Areofan said, if you couldn't care less about being upgraded, dress however you want-- you bought & paid for your ticket and as long as everything operates normally/you comply with the Contract of Carriage/Domestic General Rules (Am I the only one who's read the COC/DGR for every major US airline? -- There can be some interesting stuff there  Smile/happy/getting dizzy) there's not much they can do about it.

HOWEVER, If you have any interest at all in receiving an unearned upgrade you don't stand a chance if you look like you just fell out of a dumpster/those who actually paid for the Bus or F class seat feel uncomfortable/look "undesirable" to the CSR/are hostile.

All you paid for was your right to wear whatever you want in whatever cabin you booked. If you get bumped to a later flight instead of up, you'll never know that it was because of your attitude/dress... Or that it was even a possibility. And you'll get exactly what you paid for.

Granted with idiotic schemes such as "DeltaDirect"* the agent never sees you, and couldn't care less about the airport/flight operations...so I would assume chances become nonexistent.

Lincoln
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Mon Nov 08, 2004 2:57 pm

I wear usually wear a sport coat, khakis and a dress shirt. Comfy yet elegant. Back in the 70's as a child, I never flew with out wearing a jacket and tie. I do tend to dress up for the occasion still, I find one does recieve more gracious service. 5 or 6 years ago I wore a suit on a flight to Honolulu (long story), and combined with my briefcase as carry-on, I got lots of looks from everyone in the gate area and downright obsequious service.
 
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Tue Nov 09, 2004 4:10 am

Thank you all you guys for your answers. You've been a great help. Basically, just be yourself.
 
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Tue Nov 09, 2004 4:40 am

I bring a pair of jogging pants with me on long-haul overnight flights in business class. Wear something nice (khakis) on and off the plane and change mid-flight so you can sleep well.
 
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Tue Nov 09, 2004 4:46 am

I think there are two very different answers to this question, depending on the circumstances:

1. If you're paying for the ticket (with cash or FF miles, doesn't matter), dress however you want. You've earned that right. I recently flew KLM WBC to Africa for a safari, and I was in a t-shirt, khakis and hiking shoes. A spotlessly clean t-shirt, mind you, but a t-shirt nevertheless. Not only because I simply wasn't traveling with any nicer clothes because I didn't need any where I was going, but more important because my goal wasn't to look nice, just to be comfortable for the long flights--which I was. And I certainly didn't receive inferior service as a result. However...

2. If you're flying non-rev--as an employee, or on a "buddy pass," or whatever--you DO have to "dress up" a bit. Partly as a matter of respect to the airline, since your ticket is a privilege rather than a right, but also because many airlines actually have dress codes for non-rev passengers, even in coach. At minimum, a collared shirt and khakis (yes, even in coach), but check with the relevant airline to see if they have any specific requirements--some might even require business attire in first/business class. That was the case when I was being flown in to interview with an airline I ended up working for. It's important to find out about this ahead of time lest you find a nasty surprise at the check-in desk.
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RE: Suitable Business Class Attire

Tue Nov 09, 2004 5:56 am

I'm just reminded of the time when my then 17yr brother went to Kenya for a school expedition, trekking up a mountain, volunteer work etc. As far as he was concerned he was flying BA Y both directions but then checked in at the airport to come home he found out somebody back home had paid for an upgrade to First. We picked him up from the airport to discover he wore hiking boots, camouflage trousers and a stinking fleece.....he looked like he would be more at home in the gutter.....and smelt it!

Apologies to Joanna Lumley who was also on the flight  Smile
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