Virgin Atlantic have announced plans to allow Cabin Crew to have tattoos on show.
One of very few airlines to do so, Virgin have stated that Cabin Crew should be allowed to “express their unique identities.”
The new regulations came in this week and apply to all tattoos below the neck.
Cabin Crew for Virgin Atlantic in the past had to cover up tattoos with long sleeves, plasters or cosmetics.
The majority of airlines still insist that tattoos are covered. But will this be the start of a shift towards a more relaxed uniform policy?
“We want everyone to be themselves and know that they belong. Many people use tattoos to express their unique identities, and our customer-facing and uniformed colleagues should not be excluded from doing so if they choose.”
Any tattoos picturing nudity or offensive language will still need to be hidden. This includes any prison-style tattoos across the knuckles.
Virgin have said that they’re still considering whether to permit neck and head tattoos.
Cabin Crew appearance
Most airlines still ban visible tattoos. Other airlines who have relaxed their policies in recent years are United Airlines based in the US and Air New Zealand.
But the Cabin Crew role is renowned to have stringent requirements when it comes to personal appearance in general.
Virgin Atlantic will be recruiting Cabin Crew again soon!
The Virgin Atlantic recruitment process will re-open for Cabin Crew. This news was announced on Tuesday this week, after 5,000 people applied for only 400 roles back in January.
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