Thursday, July 11, 2019

My Dress Code for Flying

When I arrive for a flight,  I do have a dress and behaviour code.  All this comes to mind because I've been reading about the recent case of Ms Tisha Rowe MD, who was asked to cover up on a flight from Jamaica to Florida

Against Discrimination
I'm 100% opposed to any sort of discrimination based on Sex, Identity, Race.   I don't care if you are white, brown, pink or any colour but what I do care about I write about below

Marcus' Basic Dress and Conduct Code
includes ...

01 Be respectful to Checkin and cabin staff wherever possible, assume that they are trying to do their job diligently and efficiently, unless presented by clear evidence to the contrary

02 Try to minimise your time in the Checkin line by ensuring you are there on time, have your luggage and any itinerary and paperwork ready in advance

03 Comply with the rules about bags, and clothing in the Emergency Isle, and about when Mobile and Computer devices may be used.  (In other words don't knowing disregard the rules and wait to be told to 'turn it off',  because doing so makes you an arse and makes the flight attendant job a nightmare)


01 Wear clothing that will minimise my body contact and consequent sweating onto the seats of the Aircraft.   And will allow for my confort even if there is a large variation in temperature from very hot to very cold.  

In practise this means full length lower and upper body clothing. Thin full length trekking trousers are perhaps a favourite.  And upper body layered clothing to cope with temperature extremes.

If I would sweat all over the plane, how pleasant would this be for the next passenger in my seat?  Sitting in my sweat and odour.  Unacceptable.  To me it is a courtesy to my fellow and future passengers to be suitably clothed to avoid this possibility.

02 Book a Seat that I will fit into without going into the personal space of an adjacent passenger or causing a hazard by blocking the aircraft isle.

Americans and Shorts
I've noticed a particular annoyance with some nationals, Americans certainly, in their obsession with wearing shorts.  Whilst in an outdoor social context this is their choice,  but in the confines of a necessarily cramped plane? I don't appreciate large amounts of sweating flesh, odorising near me.  To me this is mostly a male issue but my annoyance is actually without regard to Sex.

The Rowe Case

Tisha Rowe

What Ms Rowe was wearing trying to board in Jamaica

(My first comment is why are the 2 iPhones different)


This is a picture from your Website

To me you were not clearly contravening an American Airlines policy.   This is their Customer Responsibility.   

Here are some articles about the claimed injustice that Ms Rowe encountered

Woman Required to Cover Up on American Airlines Flight Says Race Was a Factor - The New York Times

Houston woman asked to leave flight because of her outfit says sexism, race, 'played a role' - Houston Chronicle

Doctor reveals she was removed from a flight after staff deemed her romper inappropriate | Daily Mail Online

Emily O'Connor Case

Maggie McMuffin Case

Ryan Carney WilliamsRyan Hawaii

Staff dress
Note, many if not all Airlines, have vastly stricter policies for their staff or friends who are flying with airline (using concessionary ) tickets.  See above link.

How Much Did You Pay
The service you receive, and indeed the personal space allotted to you is related to the price paid for your ticket.  To Marcus I know the cost of Fuel, the technology involved in building a Plane and Airport Infrastructure.  I appreciate the skill of the Pilots and those who Engineered the landing systems.  I think of these diverse and complex interactions which quite literally keep me alive as I move thru the air at over 800km/hr and over 9000 metres above the earths surface.  All for prices that can be as low as  50 GBP.  Un flippin believable.

In the End
It's all about entitlement.  Entitlement culture IMHO.  If you are the sort of person, or perhaps a whole country of people, who deem that the standards of clothing that you should wear in an enclosed, cramped space, where you can sweat, should include clothing that allows for very large portions of your body to be uncovered then you no doubt feel that Ms Rowe's clothing, without regard to taste, should be allowed.

Personally,  I dress to stop me sweating or odourising my environment and equally protecting me from it.  So I don't seek to wear skimpy clothing for any reason including ventilation, exhibitionism, or because it is apparently my right.