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Virgin Atlantic Crew Can Pick Which Uniform to Wear ‘No Matter their Gender’

Virgin Atlantic’s pilots, crews and ground staff can now wear whichever of its uniforms they feel most comfortable in, regardless of the male or female design of its burgundy trousers or red skirt.

The airline has announced a gender identity policy that lets its staff choose which of the Vivienne Westwood-designed outfits they wear to work, saying this is ”no matter their gender, gender identity or gender expression”.

This follows the relaxation around the personal tattoo policy and will also start optional pronoun badges for crew and passengers, who can request them at check-in to ensure people use their preferred pronouns.

Male pilots and cabin crew will be able to wear skirts and high heels if they choose.

Its ticketing systems will also allow people whose passports have gender-neutral markers to travel using those gender codes and the title Mx.

Virgin is due to start mandatory inclusivity training, and initiatives for hotels in destinations such as the Caribbean, where some people have faced more barriers.

Michelle Visage, one of the judges on the hit reality TV show Ru Paul’s Drag Race, was brought in by Virgin to promote its policy. Michelle said: “People feel empowered when they are wearing what best represents them, and this gender identity policy allows people to embrace who they are.”

Emer Roche
Emer Roche
Emer has over 10 years experience working for Irish magazines, supplements, websites and creative agencies. She’s written features for U Magazine, Image Magazine and theheyday.ie, across a range of subjects such as women’s interest, travel, culture, news and interviews. She also has a portfolio of commercial writing for creative agencies, such as RTE.ie and Originate Creative. Emer is a Dublin native with part of her heart in Ardmore, County Waterford. She lives in Dublin 7 with her husband, two kids, dog and cat.

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