This is the dress code in the non-rev section of the UA employee handbook:
Dress attire for pass riders traveling space-available or positive-space should always meet or exceed the casual standards outlined in this policy. In general, casual attire refers to clothing that is appropriate for the local environment, allow you to feel comfortable while pass traveling, yet looks neat and professional.
Employees from United will enjoy the following relaxed dress code when pass traveling on all United flights and in all classes of service, system wide:
- Pass riders’ overall appearance should be well-groomed, neat, clean and in good taste
- Attire should be respectful of fellow revenue passengers, employees and pass riders
- Pass riders may wear denim attire (such as jeans), shorts that are no more than three inches above the knee and athletic shoes
The following attire is unacceptable in any cabin but is not limited to:
- Any attire that reveals a midriff
- Attire that reveals any type of undergarments
- Attire that is designated as sleepwear, underwear or swim attire
- Mini skirts
- Shorts that are more than three inches above the knee when in a standing position
- Form-fitting lycra/spandex tops, pants and dresses
- Attire that has offensive and/or derogatory terminology or graphics
- Attire that is excessively dirty or has holes/tears
- Any attire that is provocative, inappropriately revealing, or see-through
- Bare feet
- Beach-type, rubber flip-flops
All employees, retirees, and early-out participants are responsible to ensure that all of their pass riders are dressed appropriately for pass travel on United. All pass riders are required to adhere to the Pass Travel Attire policy or the pass riders will be denied boarding, even at an en-route stopover. Once a pass rider is boarded on the aircraft, it is inappropriate to change into unacceptable attire.
These guidelines are not intended to be all-inclusive, but rather should help set the general parameters for appropriate attire.
Pass riders should use good judgment and common sense about items not specifically addressed. If you are uncertain about what is acceptable attire for pass travel, please ask your supervisor or your Human Resources partner.
Non-revving out of Hawaii, I've had agents look at my feet to make sure I'm not wearing sandals. I carry an extra change of clothes if I think I might get muddy on my trip.
If I'm going on other carries, I check their rules
. I've packed business casual because some carriers require business casual.
From day one of working in this industry, more seasoned coworkers have warned about this sort of thing.
If you expect to fly for cheap, you jump through some extra hoops. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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on Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:53 pm, edited 3 times in total.