Flip-flops and other clothing items that could get you banned from flying
Travelers might be surprised to learn that wearing certain clothes could get you banned from a flight.
In recent years, due to the coronavirus pandemic, whether or not to wear a face mask has been the top question for most people when boarding a plane. But how many people stop to think about what else they’re wearing and how it might impact their trip?
When dressing for a flight, most passengers will think about comfort and what suits the weather at your destination. But it turns out there might be an in-flight dress code that most people won’t even think about.
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If you’re wearing something that violates unofficial airline dress code rules, you might find that you’re not allowed to board the flight. While most airlines don’t have official rules, passengers have been known to be banned from flying due to their choice of attire.
What to wear on a flight
While most people will go for comfort on a flight, especially a long-haul flight, most airlines won’t like it if you come across as “too scruffy”. Most airlines don’t provide any official guidance on what their staff will consider appropriate flight attire, but as a general rule, avoiding looking scruffy can work in your favor.
You should probably consider dressing “smart casual” when traveling, perhaps a t-shirt and jeans. But also bring layers – flights can get cold and that way you are prepared if a cabin crew member asks you to cover up for any reason.
What not to wear on a flight
Since most airlines do not provide official guidance, it can be difficult to determine what they would consider unacceptable for a flight. Although there are no official rules prohibiting certain outfits, passengers have been known to have been kicked off flights or not allowed to board due to their ensembles.
If an outfit is deemed offensive to others, you may be asked to cover up or leave the flight. Therefore, you should avoid any clothing with slogans that may be deemed offensive or contain foul language.
Clothing can also be considered inappropriate, such as expecting to fly in beachwear. Some airlines allow flip flops, but others may not allow you on board.
It should be noted that sometimes the destination you are flying to can play a role. For example, if a country has specific local laws or customs regarding clothing, an airline may expect passengers to follow them before boarding. Check the rules for your destination and if you’re not sure, it’s worth contacting your tour operator or airline directly.
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