This week, Virgin Atlantic introduced that they’d up to date their uniform tips, for flight attendants and flight employees, to supply extra freedom and suppleness by way of particular person expression. Seemingly following United, Air New Zealand and Air Canada’s lead, they’re stress-free their stance on tattoos.
“At Virgin Atlantic, we wish everybody to be themselves and know that they belong. Many individuals use tattoos to specific their distinctive identities and our customer-facing and uniformed colleagues shouldn’t be excluded from doing so in the event that they select,” Estelle Hollingsworth, Virgin Atlantic’s chief individuals officer, stated.
Based on a report from The Guardian, facial and neck tattoos will stay off limits, in addition to tattoos “with swearing, or deemed culturally inappropriate, or those who confer with nudity, violence, medicine or alcohol.” Additional, “prison-style love/hate knuckle tattoos” can even proceed to be banned.
For the uninitiated, flight attendants with seen tattoos had been beforehand required to put on long-sleeve shirts, or conceal their tattoos utilizing make-up — and at many main carriers, they nonetheless are. In truth, Virgin Atlantic is the primary U.Ok. airline, and main world provider, to permit tattoos within the cabin. After all, even if the yr is 2022 and three in ten Americans have no less than one tattoo, some persons are…lower than happy with the choice.
“Tattoos are disgusting if it’s not a part of your tradition. Why not topless flight air hostesses? Why cease at tattoos? I’d love topless flight attendants,” somebody commented on Matthew Klint’s publish on Live and Let’s Fly relaying the information.
“The anti thesis of displaying tattoos will not be ignoring them, It’s telling individuals how disgusting they’re. You cowl your tattoos and we received’t discuss them. For those who shove them in my face, we are going to discuss how disgusting they appear. Nobody would tolerate an individual who smells unhealthy. Nobody ought to tolerate tattoos. One is an assault on olfactory senses and the opposite on visible senses. Tattoos are disgusting,” the identical (unhinged) particular person later added.
Right here’s the factor, caring about your flight attendants’ tattoo standing is extraordinarily bizarre. As another person in Klint’s feedback (this particular person a little bit extra sound of thoughts) identified: the ink isn’t going to seep into your drink. Flight attendants are chargeable for ensuring passengers are snug in-flight and, every so often, saving them within the occasion of an emergency — not adhering to exploitative and misogynistic magnificence requirements. Docs have tattoos. Legal professionals have tattoos. Lecturers have tattoos. Flight attendants have tattoos and — get this! — it has fairly actually zero bearing on their potential to do their job, both. Cease being bizarre.
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