No long hair or sideburns: AI crew told to button up and fly right
To enforce discipline, AI has authorised captains and cabin crew-in-charge to ensure that those under them turn out in proper uniform.india Updated: Jan 27, 2016 08:29 IST
Airline crews the world over are known for their impeccable uniform and appearance. That may, however, not seem true for the Maharaja’s pilots and cabin staff.
An upset Air India (AI) management has warned its crew to adhere to the dress code.
“I am sure you are all aware of the gradually deteriorating crew uniform standards over a period of time. Let us show pride in ourselves, our uniform and Air India so as to look better than any other airline crew,” the national carrier’s chief of operations Captain Arvind Kathpalia said in a January 16 communication.
Sources said there had been several instances in the past relating to flouting of codes prescribed in the operational manual, considered the crew’s rule book, which could have resulted in the latest missive.
For example, male crew members are not permitted to have “long hair, long sideburns, intimidating moustache or very long unkempt beards and to affect a ponytail or earrings and nose ring in uniform”.
But in the past, there have been instances of pilots sporting ponytails and wearing ear studs. In fact, flights have been delayed on account of dress indiscipline.
An international flight was delayed by over an hour some time ago after a senior pilot had refused to take off his earrings when asked to do so by the captain.
“Uniform discipline needs to be enforced strictly. You can’t have some pilots wearing black ties and not the company-issued blue ones. Other airlines have strict guidelines on this. Many airlines even insist on their female cabin crew wearing the same type of ear studs,” a senior official said.
To enforce discipline, AI has authorised captains and cabin crew-in-charge to ensure that those under them turn out in proper uniform.
The management has been convinced to pay close attention to our uniform and its quality as it is a source of great pride for us,” the letter from Kathpalia says.
According to the airline manual, crew members represent India in foreign countries. “There should, therefore, be no room for criticism or unfavourable comparison with crew of other international operators in the manner of wearing uniforms,” it says. Shirt sleeves should be rolled down and buttoned up and caps have to be worn and not held in hand.
The million dollar question is will the crew button up to the dress code?