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Old 07-29-2013, 03:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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For me when flying with an airline, it's a woven cotton shirt, cotton trousers, cotton socks and leather shoes. Can't get over how people show up for a flight looking like they just rolled out of bed. (Showing up at the gate with BO is a whole other story).

I know this is a bit of an odd question, but recently got to chat with an FA and asked that question (AA). My understanding is that in the miniscule chance that fire occurs while being aboard, proper clothing is ones first line of defense.

Tee shirts, or worse, tank tops, shorts, flip flops, panty hose, any kind of polyester blend, (tri-lobals, Dry-fit nylon mesh, etc) are dangerous to travel in. He said he was surprised how many people don't understand that they're moving in a pressurized vehicle full of fuel at high speed and that travelers should be prepared just in case of a situation.
Comfortable, yes, but if a fire occurs, these types fabrics will melt to your skin. Flip flops subject your feet to fire and sharp pieces of metal, etc.

Just a head's up~ as this is the big time to travel. In light of what just happened at SFO, I thought the subject might get some interest here.

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Old 07-29-2013, 04:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Never given too much thought really... i just go for comfort usually a t shirt and slack trouser and slip on shoes

My biggest choice when travelling is to make sure im not wearing a belt or jacket and shoes that pop on and off easily at the security point!!!

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This depends on the nature of the trip and the flight time.
When taking the frequent DAL-AUS flight I usually show up very presentable. (a suit if time does not allow for a change of dress, otherwise a collared shirt and slacks or nice jeans)

When the total trip time is more than an hour or two...I go for comfort if possible. (well broke-in sneakers, shorts or sweat pants and a comfy t-shirt. and maybe a hoodie since I am always cold at cruising alts.)

I recently took a LUV flight from Austin to Spokane which I had stops in LAX and OAK along the way. I actually showed up in my house shoes for that long day.

Being a Vet and still in the Ready Reserves sometimes I will also travel in uniform just for the free booze and occasional upgrades with certain carriers. But never on business, only personal trips.
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And not to mention...security is a breeze when traveling in uniform with military ID... "keep your shoes on sir, and come over here to the uniformed employee/aircrew lane"
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Nothing but a smile, nothing but a smile!


Seriously though, just whatever I'm wearing at the time, I've never given it any real thought, but I will now, thanks!
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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as a non-rev traveller we are subject to wear proper clothes not "sunday clothes" per say but decent attire which my family dont mind at all....you just dont know if you will be upgraded to an F or J class

speaking of BO recently we took a 5min delay because some lady could not stand the smell of the guy seating beside her...she said to the crew she is about to faint..luckly the flight wasnt full, the guy end up seating at aisle 30 ....and no bag pull
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Sneakers, t-shirt (Or sweatshirt depending on the season), shorts (or jeans depending on the season).
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Shorts, tank top and flip flops.
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jeans, t-shirt, sweatshirt, and sneakers.
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:00 AM   #10 (permalink)
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jeans, t-shirt, sweatshirt, and sneakers.
Same but always carry another change of clothes when doing long hauls.
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Same but always carry another change of clothes when doing long hauls.
I usually do that as well! Always feel so nasty after a long haul.
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I spend 100% of my time in the cockpit in full uniform, so when I have to travel in the spam-can I go the opposite direction. Cargo shorts, t-shirt, flip-flops...in the winter, a hoodie, jeans, and some Sanuk's. My company puts me in first class when I have to airline (25-40 times a year), so I get an even bigger kick out of dressing like a slob.

This isn't the golden age of travel anymore. TSA and overcrowded flights/terminals have pushed folks to travel with 100% comfort/ease of clearing security in mind. Plus, who would want to dress up nice for 2,3 4+ hours sitting inches away from a complete stranger in a seat that hasn't been sanitized since it was installed new, in a cabin of farting adults with colds?

On Friday, I travelled KRNO-KSLC on Delta 2419 (Seat 3A), and there was some poor bastard in a full coat and tie in 3B. He looked really uncomfortable. Plus, half the time anymore, the sky-waitresses won't even offer to hang your coat.

Commercial air travel is one of the most inhumane and unhygenic forms of transportation there is.....why look good for it?
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Commercial air travel is one of the most inhumane and unhygenic forms of transportation there is.....why look good for it?

started to respond with something sensible then thought...nevermind coz some people won't get it anyway.
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Oh, and as far as the safety aspect is concerned, wearing flip-flops is a trade-off I'm willing to live with. Any FA talking about what clothes burn/melt in a fire hasn't had the experience of of a fireball hurling through the cabin. If you're unlucky enough to be doused with flaming Jet-A, it might come down to having 3rd degree burns over 75% of your body as opposed to 90%. Either way, just let me die in the hospital.
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started to respond with something sensible then thought...nevermind coz some people won't get it anyway.
Timmy, there is a difference between not getting it and not giving a fukk. Please, reply...
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Look, I don't want to sound like a jerk but what a ridiculous argument. Are we seriously supposed to dress appropriate in the event of an accident? If the FA is really that concerned then I cannot imagine how she possibly ever steps into a car.

Sometimes I wear khakis with a polo tucked in, sometimes I just wear shorts and a tshirt. It's whatever I feel like wearing. As an ATC, we can wear whatever we want. I don't get dressed up for work and I'm certainly not getting dressed up so I can look marvelous sitting in 45B.
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What you wear when travelling makes alot of difference, especially if its a long haul flight. I usually travel J class on long flights and wear a polo shirt, with casual dress pants and slip on shoes. When my dad was alive, I literally had to undergo a dress inspection before boarding a long haul flight irrespective of class and its stuck with me ever since. Even when flying Y its good to look a little presentable because that increases your chances of getting an upgrade. On 3 occassions I was upgraded from J to F class on Qatar and I doubt that would have happened had I been wearing a t-shirt and shorts. I have actually seen people flying F class in t-shirts, shorts and flipflops and if left to me, I wouldn't think twice about slapping them with a downgrade.



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I usually wear a tee with something offensive written on it. I don't get to fly much.
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I like to dress up as a pilot, sit next to passengers and stare out the window saying "uh oh" and "that doesn't look good".
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Look, I don't want to sound like a jerk but what a ridiculous argument. Are we seriously supposed to dress appropriate in the event of an accident? If the FA is really that concerned then I cannot imagine how she possibly ever steps into a car.

Sometimes I wear khakis with a polo tucked in, sometimes I just wear shorts and a tshirt. It's whatever I feel like wearing. As an ATC, we can wear whatever we want. I don't get dressed up for work and I'm certainly not getting dressed up so I can look marvelous sitting in 45B.
lol...I'm not talking about looking good if there is fire aboard, but more the safety aspect of being mostly covered up and wearing types of fabrics that will protect you just in case of an emergency involving fire or stepping through sharp wreckage.
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A pair of glasses to make sure I find the right departure gate.
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Most of my flying is short haul business flights so it's a Jermyn Street suit with Charles Tyrwhitt cotton shirt, silk tie and hand stitched Italian butter calf leather shoes as I will be representing my company and meeting International colleagues and you never know where the next contract might come from.

For leisure flying it's whatever is most comfortable for the weather conditions at the arrival country.
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For me when flying with an airline, it's a woven cotton shirt, cotton trousers, cotton socks and leather shoes..
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I'd upgrade you for sure!!! its great to see people well dressed for flying, either economy and/or Business/First!
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I'd upgrade you for sure!!! its great to see people well dressed for flying, either economy and/or Business/First!
Thanks Rui - I'll take it!

Like I said wearing the clothes serve two purposes for me. Primarily as mentioned is for protection in an emergency and the other is I like looking pulled together in public.
As an FA I'm sure a person showing up in pajamas, or from a pile of whatever on the floor, does make for a more pleasant cabin. For long flights I totally understand getting changed into something more relaxing.
It's that first impression at the airport that can be a shocker (for some!) lol

I once had a woman sitting behind me that took her shoes off and completely fouled three rows in front and back of her. She reeked up ground fish and lawn clippings. Oh well!
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