Also, airline employees can now choose their own hairstyles for the duration of their work.
Latvian airBaltic is the first airline in Europe to introduce new democratic appearance rules for aircraft crews.
Writes about it avianews.com.
In particular, now pilots and flight attendants of the airline have the opportunity to choose their own hairstyles, as well as demonstrate tattoos and piercings while working. The new rules also apply to ground personnel serving passengers at the terminals.
“We have significantly simplified the rules, which allows our employees to show their individuality while wearing a uniform through tattoos, piercings or hairstyles, if they wish,” explained Alina Aronberga, airBaltic Vice President for Human Resources.
Up to this point, the rules required airBaltic staff to have standardized hairstyles, and tattoos and piercings had to be on clothing-covered areas of the body. Such rules are standard among airlines in Europe, since the kind of workers is part of their image.
However, these requirements closed the doors to aviation for those people who did not meet the criteria. To get a job, they had to remove a tattoo or piercing from uncovered areas of the body.
Recall that in 2021, the Ukrainian low-cost airline SkyUp presented a new uniform for flight attendants, replacing shoes with comfortable sneakers. In addition, in the women’s uniform, tight skirts were replaced with trouser suits with a looser sports cut.