Dress code

Female British Airways crew finally allowed to wear trousers

Crew members of British Airways showcase uniforms from the airline's 76-year history. (MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

After a two-year battle, British Airways is finally allowing its entire crew — male and female — to wear trousers if they want to, doing away with a dress code that had been imposed on all new recruits since 2012. While already established crew members were allowed to wear trousers, the new “mixed fleet” of crew had a separate dress code, with female crew required to wear a skirt unless they could claim an exemption on a medical or religious basis. The crew’s union, Unite, had challenged the rule for over two years, claiming that 83 percent of their members wanted to have the option to wear trousers for warmth and protection. After an internal test case, the airline decided that, while trousers won’t be a standard part of the mixed fleet uniform, cabin crew members would be able to request them through their manager. Unite Regional Officer Matt Smith called the airline’s decision a victory for equality and common sense, as well as a “testament to the organising campaign of our members,” telling The Guardian: “female cabin crew no longer have to shiver in the cold, wet and snow of wintery climates, but also can be afforded the protection of trousers at destinations where there is a risk of malaria or the Zika virus.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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