So, you want to be a flight attendant? Great! It’s an exciting and rewarding career. But before you can start your training, there are a few things you need to know about the dress code and appearance standards.
In this blog post, we will discuss piercings as part of the dress code for flight attendants. We’ll cover what is allowed and what is not allowed so that you can make an informed decision before applying for a job with an airline.
Why are there strict rules on piercings as a flight attendant?
There are two main reasons for the strict guidelines on piercings as a flight attendant: safety and professional appearance.
First and foremost, airlines must ensure the safety of their passengers. Flight attendants are responsible for ensuring that all emergency procedures are carried out properly in the event of an emergency.
To do this effectively, they need to be able to communicate clearly with passengers and crew members, and use a variety of safety equipment.
Airlines worry that some piercings may interfere with using safety equipment. As a result, many have strict flight attendant dress code policy’s prohibiting many types of piercings.
- Hooped earrings or gauges may get stuck or caught when wearing a smoke hood, oxygen masks, or putting on a life jacket.
- Tongue or lip piercings might interfere with clear communications and using an emergency whistle or megaphone.
Secondly, airline employees must maintain a professional appearance at all times. This includes not only how they dress, but also their facial expressions and body language.
Piercings can be seen as unprofessional, so most airlines have a policy against them. While this might seem backwards — and I don’t think all piercings look unprofessional — flight attendants travel across the globe, and interact with thousands of customers from different backgrounds. As a result, airlines tend to take a more traditional view on appearance standards.
Some piercings are almost universally banned for flight attendants.
Note: Male cabin crew often get a bad deal, with most airlines prohibiting male flight attendants from any piercings at all.
The majority of commercial airlines allow one pair of studs to be warn as long as they are gold, silver, pearl, or diamond coloured.
Our uniform standards require a simple, elegant look. A single ear piercing is allowed no more than 10mm in diameter, only one set of round shaped ear-rings must be worn. No other visible body piercings including tongue, tongue retainer and nose studs are allowed.British Airways — Cabin Crew FAQs
Summary — So, can you have piercings as a flight attendant?
The answer is yes, but only if they are considered to be safe and professional looking. The most common piercings that are allowed are ears pierced with stud earrings in gold or silver.
Unfortunately all elements of cabin crew appearances are strictly regulated — from tattoos to braces — and piercings also fall under these regulations. Non-standard piercings (including gauges) and facial piercings are almost universally banned.
As ever, if you have any questions about the dress code or appearance standards for flight attendants, be sure to contact the airline before applying for a job, as standards vary across the globe.