Flight attendants are widely recognised as some of the most glamorous flyers taking to the skies, and this is partially thanks to their well-known uniforms. The striking orange of easyJet makes them instantly noticeable, meanwhile the colours of the Union Jack are synonymous with British Airways. However, in order to maintain the same aesthetic across the brand, cabin crew must adhere to strict uniform rules.
One leading UK airline has teamed up with a British fashion tech entrepreneur to ensure all of their crew are suited up to the highest standard.
MySizeID, founded by entrepreneur Ronen Luzon, is a state-of-the-art app which acts as a tool to standardise sizing and ensure every item fits perfectly.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Luzon explained the way in which the app will benefit the unnamed airline.
He said: “Airliners are under tremendous pressure to continuously adapt their uniforms in order to better the employee experience. At the same time, these airline have thousands of employees stationed all across the globe, which makes it extremely difficult when you throw one specific uniform into the mix.
“Whether it be the flight attendant or the pilot, sizing is the number one issue for in-flight staff.
These are the people who represent their airlines in the frontline, and the uniforms they wear need to deliver on practical and operational demands, all while ensuring comfort in the size and fit.”
Aside from the clothing elements of the uniform, there are plenty of other intricate details play a vital role in ensuring the perfect appearance of cabin crew.
Many airlines list strict guidelines for their staff to follow, including policies surrounding appropriate shoes, the appearance of tattoos and ways to style their hair.
Budget airline easyJet states that all staff must cover up any tattoos or piercings.
Meanwhile British Airways allows some leeway stating: “Our uniform standards require a simple, elegant look.
“A single ear piercing is allowed no more than 10mm in diameter, only one set of round shaped ear-rings must be worn.
“No other visible body piercings including tongue, tongue retainer and nose studs are allowed.”
The Heathrow-based airline remains firm about its policy on tattoos, however, insisting they should be hidden from sight.
For most airlines long hair must be tied back, not only to ensure a groomed appearance, but also for health and safety-particularly when serving food.
BA guidelines continue: “Women need to have a styled look, with hair and makeup that would be appropriate in a professional environment and complements our uniform.
“Men’s hair must meet a conventional style which is appropriate for a professional environment; shaven or sculptured styles and long hair are not permitted.
“Dyed hair must be of a natural colour for both men and women.”
Elsewhere in the airline world, Virgin Atlantic have shaken up their uniform policies, hoping to allow employees “more choice on how to express themselves at work”.
After decades of dictating that female staff members must wear make-up and the companies trademark pillbox red skirt, it has now relaxed these rules.
As of March Virgin withdrew its rules around make-up, allowing their air hostesses to go bare faced.
Flight attendants are also now allowed to wear trousers instead of the traditional skirts.