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How to dress when getting on an airplane


I was intrigued by the Washington Post article regarding the chatter over Southwest Airlines' partnering with Sports Illustrated and painting a bikini clad model from the SI swimsuit issue on the side of one of its aircraft. As you can imagine, many passengers have an opinion regarding this display and some are not happy about it. The article also describes how one customer was not allowed on a Southwest flight because she was not appropriately dressed.

Regardless of what you think of the SI/Southwest marketing ploy, let's talk about how you should dress when getting on an airplane. Avoid a bikini unless it's covered by other clothing. In fact, I have found that there is a direct correlation between what you wear and how you are treated by airline personnel. No, you don't need to be in a business suit, but conservative attire will benefit you. It's inevitable that when flying these days there will be some type of a delay or other problem that will require some airline employee's assistance and your attire can help you get the right kind of attention from that employee.

What is your experience with dress and airline personnel?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always dress comfortably, even if others I am traveling with are not dressed as casual as I am. I have also found that wearing a sports bra on travel days is actually more comfortable, especially when it turns into a 12-hour day, schlepping through multiple airports.

As mentioned, you never know when you're going to spend extra time in an airport or just sitting on an airplane. When the weather is changing, I always bring seasonal clothes - just in case.

9/25/09, 6:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shoes: Never wear high heels or flip flops. They will be detrimental when you have to make a run for your connecting gate. In the unlikely event of an aircraft evacuation, sensible shoes will stay securely on your feet and protect you from possible heat and debris.

Layers: Depending on weather, airport facilities, aircraft type, your seat location, and flight attendants' preference, you could be either broiling or freezing on board. Dress in layers. A sweater or jacket can double as a blanket or pillow.

12/20/10, 11:54 PM  

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