As anyone who’s ever leafed through an old Pan-Am advertisement knows, flying used to be much more glamorous than it is now. It wasn’t just the flight attendants who were dress to the nines, either; Passengers would don their finest outfits to fly across the country. Now, dressing down is the norm on flights, even in the relatively more glamorous first class cabins.
One English cricket player recently found out that this permissive attitude towards relaxed fashions doesn’t necessarily apply to first class lounges. The Australian carrier Quantas denied cricketer Kevin Pieterson entry into its first class lounge because he was wearing flip flops. Although Mr. Pierson was surprised (and enraged) by this policy, Qantas actually published a dress code for its lounges months before the incident. Qantas’s lounge dress code is “smart casual,” meaning no flip flops, gym wear, sleeping clothes, bathing suits, or torn clothing is allowed.
What do you think? Should airlines be able to enforce dress codes like this to keep their passenger base looking classy? Or is this a needless appeal to snobbery that has no place in modern air travel?
Read the full article here: Should Passengers be Allowed to Wear What They Like in Airport Lounges?