British Airways has finally allowed any male pilots to now wear make-up and even carry handbags in a massive overhaul of their uniforms strict rules. The staff received an internal memo that said: “Be bold, be proud and be yourself.”
Male pilots and cabin crew can now wear some mascara, lip colour, false eyelashes and paint their nails. British Airways have still implemented strict rules on hair policies but that has even been eased to, men can now wear man-buns and wear handbags. The airline will still keep it strict regarding their ban on visible tattoos and the official airlines uniform will not change either.
British Airways have said: “We are nearing the end of a review of its long standing uniform policy.”
“Our uniform guidelines have traditionally been divided by gender, but recently it has tried to modernise its image and last year dropped ‘ladies and gentleman’ in announcements in bid to make all customers feel welcome.”
Virgin Atlantic have also recently updated their own policy on their uniforms to start to remove gendered clothing requirements in September 2022. Plane and crew members can now choose which uniform they want to wear which are the company’s red option which was typically worn by female and the burgundy option which was worn by male attendants. Men can also now wear skirts and female staff can now wear trousers as well as increasing the uniform options available to non-binary staff members. Virgin are also introducing a pronoun badges, the airline teamed up with Michelle Visage in bid to ‘reflect the diversity of its workforce’ and ‘offer its people a fluid approach to its red and burgundy uniforms’. Virgin have said: “This makes us the most inclusive airline in the skies.”
A British Airways spokesperson said: “We are proud of all of our colleagues at British Airways and we are committed to an inclusive working environment.”
“We have worked with our people to create updated guidelines for grooming beauty and accessories, allowing our colleagues to bring the best, most authentic version of themselves to work everyday.”