Should there be dress codes on planes?

A couple of months back, we read about this furore over how United offloaded two girls for wearing leggings (read here for the article). The official reasons for this was : they were traveling using company benefits and needed to adhere to a specific dress code.

We are not debating this.

Rather, we are wondering aloud whether there should be any form of dress code at all for folks in general getting onto a plane. Recall we wrote about etiquettes (here)? Granted it was about the private jets but should not the same principles apply? Yes you may still wear large sunglasses to appear mysterious, although not at security though. They want to look you in the eye… heheh.

Certainly one would not dress skimpy like one’s at the beach, just because one’s on a plane heading to an island for the sun & sand right? And we are certainly not advocating to be dressed to the nines for a flight, as if it was a gala function one’s attending too. On the one hand you have restaurants, clubs and even some hotels that impose dress codes for entry. On the other one would not regulate how people dress when taking the bus…

So the question remains. Should there be dress codes imposed? What do you think?

So, is flying taking the bus or more like going to a restaurant? Does it even make sense to have this comparison? What has have been the worst of dressing that you’ve seen in your flight experiences?

UPDATE: we recently read that there are fine print T&Cs in your flight booking that make reference to appropriate dress. Heheh… guess it was there all along just not something “significant” enough to enforce.

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

11 thoughts on “Should there be dress codes on planes?”

  1. In Australia Qantas has introduced a dress code for entering its lounges. Essentially no thongs (flipflops), workers high vis vests and similar. There was significant backlash. They have not extended these rules to the planes. As long as clothes are clean (and passengers too!) I don’t really care what they wear!

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  2. I definitely don’t think there should be an enforced dress code on flights…people should be allowed to dress comfortably. That being said, I think every traveler should dress in clean clothes (take a change of clothes for long flights) so as not to offend other people with your body odor (ugh). Also, indecency is a no no. I have encountered this only once where a lady wore a fully transparent dress, making her lingerie fully visible to fellow passengers. Other than that, for the most part, people are sensibly dressed.

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    1. We suppose strictly enforcing dress code like the case for the family traveling on company passes would be fair. But for the rest, it would be rather tricky to enforce. There would be a fine line between enforcing decency vs discrimination?


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