Rumours are circulating the British Airways (BA) are about to announce major alterations to its uniform and grooming policies for its Cabin Crew, Ground Staff and Pilots. According to company sources the changes include long asked for updates that reflect modern Britain.
Some of the changes include gender neutral and inclusive updates. This will see rules on hair, makeup, nail polish, hats and shoes moving away from the gender-specific regulations of old.
The shift away from the carriers strict regulations was originally planned to be unveiled at the same time as the highly-anticipated Oswald Boateng uniform. However, the new apparel was put on hold indefinitely following the Coronavirus pandemic.
Recently BA has followed suit of a number of other airlines including easyJet and abolished its gender-specific greeting at airports and onboard, as it attempts to become more inclusive to all.
Over the years BA has suffered a number of controversies over its grooming and uniform policies including issues over females wearing trousers instead of skirts.
Diana Holland, Assistant General Secretary of the Unite union which represents several workgroups including Cabin Crew at the airline said there had been an overemphasis on everyone “looking the same” and that there was “clearly serious issues here of health, safety, dignity, respect and equality.”
You can read more about the history of the British Airways uniform through the years here.
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