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British Airways will allow male pilots and cabin crew to wear make-up

British Airways goes gender neutral: Male pilots and cabin crew told they can wear makeup and carry handbags regardless of gender and sexual identity

  • British Airways lets male pilots wear makeup and carry handbags
  • Airline chiefs have revised the company’s strict uniform rules
  • Male employees are allowed to wear mascara, paint their nails and tie their hair up in ‘man’s buns’

British Airways will allow male pilots to wear makeup and carry handbags in an overhaul of the plane’s strict uniform rules.

In an internal memo to staff yesterday, airline chiefs said to staff “be brave, be proud, be yourself” and said they hoped the revamped guidance would “be embraced by everyone regardless of gender, gender identity, ethnicity, background, culture, sexual identity or otherwise’.

BA would be nearing the end of a review of its long-standing uniform policy after rival Virgin Atlantic announced it would make its traditional male and female uniforms gender neutral.

The unified guidelines have traditionally been divided by gender, but recently it has tried to modernize its image and last year dropped “ladies and gentlemen” in announcements in an effort to “make all customers feel welcome.”

Male pilots and cabin crew at BA have been told they can wear a ‘touch of mascara and lip color’ and false eyelashes and paint their nails.

British Airways will allow male pilots to wear makeup and carry handbags in an overhaul of the plane’s strict uniform rules (stock image)

BA could be nearing the end of a review of its uniform policy after rival Virgin Atlantic announced it would make its traditional male and female uniform gender neutral

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Strict haircut rules have also been relaxed – meaning men are now allowed to wear ‘man’s buns’ – and all staff are now allowed to carry a handbag, regardless of their gender or gender identity.

But the plane maintains its ban on visible tattoos and retains gender-specific uniforms for women.

A BA spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘We are proud of all our colleagues at British Airways and are committed to an inclusive work environment.

“We’ve worked with our people to create updated grooming, beauty and accessories guidelines so that our colleagues can bring the best, most authentic version of themselves to work every day.”

Virgin Atlantic updated its uniform policy in September to remove the requirements for gender-based clothing.

Virgin Atlantic has announced an update to its gender identity policy

Staff, including flight crew and pilots, can choose which uniform to wear: the company’s “red” option, previously most commonly worn by female flight attendants, or the “burgundy” option, previously worn by male flight attendants. This includes allowing men to wear skirts and women to wear pants, as well as increasing the uniform options available to non-binary employees.

They also introduce pronouns in an effort to get staff to “wear uniforms that express their true identities.”

The airline is partnering with RuPaul’s Drag Race star Michelle Visage in an effort to “reflect the diversity of its workforce” and “provide its people with a fluid approach to her red and burgundy uniforms.”

The company said the change makes it “the most inclusive airline in the skies” and its employees are among those who have praised the changes on social media.

Jacky

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