Virgin Atlantic cabin crew no longer forced to wear makeup


Female cabin crew working for Virgin Atlantic are no longer required to wear makeup.


Virgin Atlantic has told female cabin crew they will no longer have to wear makeup while on duty.


Female flight attendants, whose uniform features a tight, red skirt, will also now be offered trousers automatically, rather than only when requested.


Mark Anderson, the airline’s executive vice-president of customer, said it had been “listening to the views of our people” and the new guidelines would “provide our team with more choice on how they want to express themselves at work”.


Although budget airlines have relaxed rules on crew presentation, most major carriers prescribe what makeup must be bought and worn.


For example, Emirates staff are ‘encouraged’ to undergo a seven-step makeup routine.


In 2016, British Airways dropped its no-trouser rule for women, although it still requires female cabin crew to wear make-up.