BA reviewing uniform rules after Virgin relaxes its policy

By Lisa James
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British Airways is reviewing its uniform policy after rival Virgin Atlantic said it no longer required staff to wear ‘gendered uniform options’.

A spokesman for BA told the Sunday Telegraph: “At British Airways we’re committed to an inclusive working environment and as part of that, we’re reviewing our uniform policy and will update our colleagues when the review is complete.”

Potential changes ‘may not be as radical as those brought in by Virgin Atlantic’, the Sunday Telegraph said, but added: “Nevertheless, any changes by BA would be a far cry from the strict rules imposed by airlines decades ago.”

Last year, the Sunday Telegraph revealed BA had dropped ‘ladies and gentlemen’ from its on-board announcements to celebrate the ‘diversity and inclusion’ of its customers.

Last week, Virgin announced it had relaxed its uniform policy to allow staff to choose whether to wear trousers or skirts, regardless of their gender.

In a statement posted online, it said LGBTQ+ colleagues will be able to choose either the red or the burgundy Vivienne Westwood-designed uniform ‘depending on which best reflects themselves’.

The airline is also rolling out optional pronoun badges for both staff and customers, available from check in desks or in the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse.

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