Virgin to allow pilots and cabin crew to wear skirts regardless of gender

By Linsey McNeill
28/09/2022
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Virgin Atlantic has 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.

It has also updated its ticketing system so customers with passports with gender neutral markets will be able to select U or X gender codes on their bookings and use the gender-neutral title Mx.

Currently its only citizens from a small number of countries, including the US, India and Pakistan, that are able to hold these passports and travellers must travel on the codes that match their passport.

But Virgin Atlantic said it is working on a longer-term plan to amend communication preferences so that customers will be addressed by their preferred pronouns whenever they interact with the airline.

Virgin says this is the latest in a number of ‘industry-leading inclusivity initiatives for its people to empower them to truly be themselves at work and feel comfortable in their roles’.

In 2019, Virgin Atlantic gave cabin crew the choice whether to wear make-up, as well as the option to wear trousers and flat shoes. More recently, the airline lifted restrictions on visible tattoos for crew and frontline staff.

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