Paul
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Business Class Attire?

Tue Jul 05, 2005 10:52 pm

Hey guys

I promise this will be my last thread bout my trip. I am off to IAD from LHR on Friday with United Airlines. I booked a ticket using my Star Alliance airmiles in Business Class. I have two further flights IAD- MIA and then MIA- LIM (all in C Class) I was wondering if the airlines frown on dressing down in premium cabins. I was just going to wear a Rugby shirt, Jeans and shoes. I mean I wont be looking for an upgrade because I am already in C Class. Its just with all the flying I cannot be doing with wearing smart dress like a shirt and trousers. I am only 21 so I am not the typical Business traveler.

I wont get it in the neck because I wont be smartly dressed will I? I have flown Business Class a number of times but just cannot be bothered to make too much of an effort this time.

Even with a free ticket I bloody hope they don't frown at me!

How do you guys travel, casual and comfy, or overdressed for a flight?

Thanks

Paul.
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RE: Business Class Attire?

Tue Jul 05, 2005 10:55 pm

Dress how you want. Don't worry about how you look. And go ahead and ask for the upgrade to First. They can only say no.
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RE: Business Class Attire?

Tue Jul 05, 2005 10:56 pm

go casual. I'm flying back on SAA business class later in the week in jeans and t-shirt. as long as you're not wearing anything outrageous that'll cause offence its not an issue.
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RE: Business Class Attire?

Tue Jul 05, 2005 10:59 pm

As long as you do not undress and behave normal, the dress you mentioned should be fine even in C-Class.
There was another thread regarding with this issue recently, but difficult to find ...
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Btw. Isn´t this more a thread for Prev & Polls ?
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RE: Business Class Attire?

Tue Jul 05, 2005 11:00 pm

I agree go casual;however, that doesn't mean you should look like a slob either. If what you plan to wear is neat, clean, not ripped or torn don't worry about it. Enjoy the trip.
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RE: Business Class Attire?

Tue Jul 05, 2005 11:03 pm

In the early 90's this may have been a good question, although for quite a while now airlines could care less about the quality of their passengers....most are just trying to survive.
I believe for quite a while the majority of business travelers will dress very relaxed as they aren't trying to put on a show while flying, rather just be comfortable.
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RE: Business Class Attire?

Tue Jul 05, 2005 11:04 pm

Khakis and a nice t-shirt, maybe with a jumper or a shirt over it. Clean Converse all-stars. Looks neat but is also very very comfortable.
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RE: Business Class Attire?

Tue Jul 05, 2005 11:04 pm

just clean, comfy tidy clothes. You have to be comfy on a flight. You paid for it afterall.
 
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RE: Business Class Attire?

Tue Jul 05, 2005 11:04 pm

Quoting Paul (Thread starter):
I wont get it in the neck because I wont be smartly dressed will I? I have flown Business Class a number of times but just cannot be bothered to make too much of an effort this time.

Dress codes on planes went out with propellors - you can wear what you like. These days the only poor kiepies wearing ties in Business Class are airline employees on passes.
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RE: Business Class Attire?

Tue Jul 05, 2005 11:08 pm

This is too funny. 400 people telling Paul how to dress for his trip.
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RE: Business Class Attire?

Tue Jul 05, 2005 11:11 pm

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 8):
Dress codes on planes went out with propellors - you can wear what you like

Couldn't agree more. I flew AF in Affaires from Paris to Atlanta on Sunday and 4 people were wearing shorts. I was in jeans and (leather) flipflops myself.
 
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RE: Business Class Attire?

Tue Jul 05, 2005 11:21 pm

thanks guys.

The funniest thing happened to me when flying with Lauda Air to SYD last year in C Class. I walked into the Business Class Galley late at night and one of the Stewardess' said to me;

FA: "I'm sorry sir but your not allowed here!"

Me: "Why not, I just want a drink"

FA: Because this galley is for Business Class passengers only!

Me: ummmmmmmmm!

Other FA: Well actually he is in Business Class.

Me: hahahahahahahahahaha

Yep you got it, she kissed my ass for the whole flight home, it was so funny!

I just want to chill out on the flight, the problem with wearing smart clothes is they are generally not comfy to sit in for long periods of time opr to try and sleep in. Do you find that? And when you wear a shirt it gets creased to high heaven after sitting for so long. Then you look like hell for the rest of the day because you look scruffy!

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RE: Business Class Attire?

Tue Jul 05, 2005 11:32 pm

Paul, check your e-mail please.
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RE: Business Class Attire?

Tue Jul 05, 2005 11:43 pm

Quoting Paul (Reply 11):
I just want to chill out on the flight, the problem with wearing smart clothes is they are generally not comfy to sit in for long periods of time opr to try and sleep in. Do you find that? And when you wear a shirt it gets creased to high heaven after sitting for so long. Then you look like hell for the rest of the day because you look scruffy!

You can dress nice when you get on the plane and then when it's time to sleep, so change to pajamas.
 
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RE: Business Class Attire?

Tue Jul 05, 2005 11:57 pm

Don't worry about it! I wear jeans and a tshirt in first, it really isn't an issue. You pay for the ticket, the airline won't care. As long as you are presentable (IE Your pants aren't falling down) then you'll be fine.
 
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RE: Business Class Attire?

Wed Jul 06, 2005 12:37 am

I dress for comfort when I fly, but prefer light weight cotton pants over jeans. I also wear a navy blazer as I use the pockets to dump stuff into while going through security (the blazer goes in with the briefcase) and the extra pockets come in handy.

More than a few people change for the flight once they get to their seat - very casual for the flight and then back into slacks, shirt and coat.

The other benefit for a coat or blazer is that it "might" get you through customs and/or immigration faster in some places. Sort of a situation where the official figures you're just another businessman and passes you on. Almost as good as traveling with kids.
 
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RE: Business Class Attire?

Wed Jul 06, 2005 2:31 am

Nobody cares. I flew home from SFO in BA J wearing a sailing club t-shirt, shorts and flip-flops. Only person who harassed me was some presumptuous idiot in business dress waiting in the Y line who accused me of queue jumping  Yeah sure I deliberately dressed down because the night sector on this was a little longer than my more usual short hop home from IAD, although to be fair at home I dress fairly smart....went shooting in button up shirt and chinos at the weekend!

When flying First, nightflight or not I tend to change into supplied pyjamas in order to keep my clothes I wore to the airport in a not too shabby state.

PS. Bearing in mind you have flown J before I'm surprised you are asking this, didn't you see other people in the cabin?  Wink
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RE: Business Class Attire?

Wed Jul 06, 2005 2:57 am

When flying on an arabic or east-asian carrier I´d probably try to dress a little bit more formal (but no tie), as the type of clothes often are regarded as importont to those people - just a matter of trying to not to offend them.
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RE: Business Class Attire?

Wed Jul 06, 2005 3:03 am

I believe in comfort above all when you fly. You certainly don't need to dress to the nines these days to fly, but as my daughter pointed out to me a couple of years ago...."Mummy, these people are here to fly us hundreds of miles in safety. I don't understand why anyone would dress like a slob. It doesn't show respect for the jobs they perform."
She was 15 at the time.
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Paul
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RE: Business Class Attire?

Wed Jul 06, 2005 5:01 am

Fair point Davidson.

But I am contemplating whether a Lions rugby shirt is appropriate for UA. Last time I flew I was dressed smart, solely because mum and dad forced me to dress well, this time, they dont have a say. In addition to my point, UA has a more Business orientated C Class product. And I will not take any bull crap from some snotty other Business Class passengers because I do not conform to the somewhat generic dress code of flying in a premium cabin.

get my point!

Besides without being cocky, I am actually one of the rare Lions shirt wearers who can actually fill the shirt with a rugby body, which through my past experiences tends to frighten off any confrontation. From more or less anyone!

Hehe!  Big grin

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RE: Business Class Attire?

Wed Jul 06, 2005 6:50 am

Quoting Paul (Reply 19):
Fair point Davidson.

You definitely went to public school didn't you  Wink

Quoting Paul (Reply 19):
And I will not take any bull crap from some snotty other Business Class passengers because I do not conform to the somewhat generic dress code of flying in a premium cabin.

Who cares? Most of them on UA are probably upgrades or using paper vouchers/stickers or some other US FFP guff  Wink

Quoting Paul (Reply 19):
I am actually one of the rare Lions shirt wearers who can actually fill the shirt with a rugby body, which through my past experiences tends to frighten off any confrontation. From more or less anyone!

Who am I to argue? I played left wing so you might well make mincemeat of me if I do so  Silly
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RE: Business Class Attire?

Wed Jul 06, 2005 8:58 pm

lololol FbgDavidson.

I like your style dude!

And yes I did go to private school. Millfield (the sports school) in Somerset for Rugby and Swimming!

Man I would laugh if on Friday I get ushered out of the C Class line into the economy, or some suspecting agent gives me a funny look as I use the selection of premium services offered by the Business Class ticket.

Cannot wait to go!

Do you know if Fast Track is available to UA C Class passengers? I Bloody hate the security line at T3, it takes ages whenever I am there! And finally do you think the SAS lounge or the AC lounge is best to use?

Regards

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RE: Business Class Attire?

Wed Jul 06, 2005 9:33 pm

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 8):
poor kiepies

great local term LOL haven't heard it in a while though!
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RE: Business Class Attire?

Thu Jul 07, 2005 12:48 am

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 16):
went shooting in button up shirt and chinos at the weekend!

Chino's ? Not Grandpapa's old hacking jacket he inherited from the Prince of Wales, with balding leather patches on the elbows ? I'm horrified ! Noblesse oblige, not so ?...  Smile
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RE: Business Class Attire?

Thu Jul 07, 2005 2:18 am

Quoting Paul (Reply 21):
Do you know if Fast Track is available to UA C Class passengers? I Bloody hate the security line at T3, it takes ages whenever I am there! And finally do you think the SAS lounge or the AC lounge is best to use?

It is available to use. Just have the BP at the ready as the one on T3 is fairly short (unlike T4 which is often longer than PlebTrack) and it avoids you looking like a chimp while you fish around in your bag for it!

Now the SAS lounge and the AC lounge are combined, the London Lounge and is the best *A lounge in T3. It is on the left as you go up the ramp leaving the shopping mall.

Quoting Paul (Reply 21):
And yes I did go to private school. Millfield (the sports school) in Somerset for Rugby and Swimming!

I know it, a friend was a housemater there in the early 1990s, while the Sultan of Brunei's son was there. Pretty good for sports    Did you ever play Colstons?

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RE: Business Class Attire?

Thu Jul 07, 2005 3:10 am

Quoting Cgnnrw (Reply 4):
I agree go casual;however, that doesn't mean you should look like a slob either. If what you plan to wear is neat, clean, not ripped or torn don't worry about it.

Exactly. As long as it's something you don't think they would find repulsive, just wear something you would feel comfortable in. It's about 8 1/2 hrs to IAD from LHR, right? Now if it was me I would probobly overdress just because I'm wierd. But just go in whatever you're comfortable in.  Wink  Smile
 
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RE: Business Class Attire?

Thu Jul 07, 2005 5:50 am

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 16):
When flying First, nightflight or not I tend to change into supplied pyjamas in order to keep my clothes I wore to the airport in a not too shabby state

I tend to wear decent clothes before the flight as well. I bet the CX crew back in May loved me boarding with a shirt and a tie and then changing to SQ F pyjama. Big grin Too bad YYZ-HKG has no F and CX has no pyjamas in J.  Yeah sure
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RE: Business Class Attire?

Thu Jul 07, 2005 5:56 am

Quoting UAalltheway (Reply 25):
It's about 8 1/2 hrs to IAD from LHR, right

About 8hrs 30mins on the westbound, closer to 6hrs-6hrs 30mins on the eastbound
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RE: Business Class Attire?

Thu Jul 07, 2005 7:12 am

Dont talk to me about Colstons!

They were our arch rivals. The first year I played rugby I was kinda of small and weak, however we managed to beat them, just! The second year I beafed up, and just as well beause they drafted in as many Internationals as they could, on free scholarships, and it turned out to be Battle Royal infront of 1000 people. What a match, there was a 50 person fight and they refused to come back and play us again!

They were awesome, but I managed to nail their second row with a dump tackle from heaven! Oh yeah!  bigthumbsup 

But I stamped on the head 3 times! Bloody hurt!  banghead 

Did you go there?

p.s Plebtrack!  rotfl  Genius!

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RE: Business Class Attire?

Thu Jul 07, 2005 8:31 am

Quoting Paul (Reply 28):
Did you go there?

No but I had a fair inkling they were rivals of Millfield. We almost played them in Daily Mail Cup final about four years back but drew in semis and went out on try count  Sad

Although we played Clifton it appeared multiple trips to Bristol were a little too far to be made on a weekly basis
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