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People used to dress up when they traveled on planes. What do you think about the way passengers dress today?

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my first airline flight was in 1961. they didn’t dress up like portrayed in advertising or the movies, with all men in suits and all women wearing gloves and hats.

most women wore dresses, because that was normal at the time. some men wore suit and tie because they were traveling on business. the rest dressed in long pants and a shirt. sneakers were not in style then.

what do i think about today? the last economy class flight i took i endured 90 minutes squished against the window by a massive, sweating guy in tank top holding a massive 3 foot tall “infant” wearing only a dirty diaper.

i have low expectations from humanity now.

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There's no dress codes however they'll escort you outside when they don't see you fit their standard.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/kiwi-traveller-allegedly-removed-from-delta-airlines-flight-for-not-wearing-bra/57VO4PWEOZEGXJFGFQJ232GGSA/

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What do you think about the way passengers dress today?

I don't. Its the last thing that comes to mind when travelling.

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Flying used to a glamorous adventure. But the airlines just pack people into crowded uncomfortable spaces now. It's like taking a bus: why wouldn't you dress for comfort?

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You're on a plane for hours if flying internationally, the last thing you'd want is a necktie choking you to death. Just wear something that's comfy enough to get you to sleep on an already hard to sleep environment.

10 ( +13 / -3 )

I always dress decently when I travel with my family, I wear comfortable clothes, but I just grew up in a family that just loves clothes and fashion, so I need to look decent, casual, but decent nonetheless.

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I think about this as much as I do for the people that I share a train or bus with, not at all. Companies have made a constant effort to make the experience as banal and irritating as they can for decades, pretending people would be treasuring the experience now makes no sense.

10 ( +12 / -2 )

People are free to wear whatever they want and most go for comfortable clothes. You can dress casually but smartly.

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They've made the process uncomfortable, so people find the comfort where they can.

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Many people I see look pretty sloppy but I always dress up when traveling on airplanes, special trains and tour buses. I was taught to look presentable and mother knows best.

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12 hours on a plane is harsh, so I wear comfortable clothing - jeans, a base layer, a shirt and a pullover.

I really don't mind what other people wear. I'm more concerned about surviving, turbulence, back pain, overspiced food, people chatting loudly or getting drunk, or the person in front reclining so far I get squashed. Clothing choices don't even make the list.

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People used to dress up when they traveled on planes.

Idk, I'm too busy worrying about the absurd costs that airlines charge and the ridiculously weak yen to care about the style of clothes I wear around a bunch of strangers.

Do we get a prize or discount for wearing a suit on a flight?

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Also now at TSA, you have to almost get undressed in front of everyone to even make it through security gates in some countries. A tshirt and shorts are a lot easier to remove than a 5 piece suit.

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Never thought about dressing up for a flight for personal travel but I wouldn’t walk on in crocs and shorts.

I usually wear a t-shirt with a zipped top you can leave open/zip-up/take off depending on the temperature. I remember not being the only one freezing on a Lufthansa flight.

I really don't mind what other people wear. I'm more concerned about surviving, turbulence, back pain, overspiced food, people chatting loudly or getting drunk, or the person in front reclining so far I get squashed

That’s about it.

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Previously, de ades ago when travel was considered something special people wore more formal wear.

But when the airlines changed passengers into cattle it all went to the dogs.

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Peter NeilToday  07:30 am JST

my first airline flight was in 1961.

what do i think about today? the last economy class flight i took 

My first airline flight was also in 1961. But other than short 1-2 hour flights, I haven't flown economy class in a couple of decades now. Don't enjoy being treated like livestock. Or being squeezed among people dressed like they're home on a Saturday morning. You can dress comfortably without looking like a total slob.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

All airlines have some form of dress code.

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Some people dress like bums on planes. Tennis shoes, black socks, green shorts, a t-shirt with a big egg stomach. A little more classy but comfortable clothes would be nice.

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With the average seat in coach being less space than a human needs to survive for 24 hours, we should be thankful people are wearing clothes at all.

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This just reflects society as a whole. It was people dressing up for everything, not just planes.

Formal clothes means ironing and dry cleaning, on top of comfort. We had a school graduation and entrance ceremony recently and both felt freezing with our formal gear on, so less thermal comfort as well as stiffness-type discomfort.

I do like the look of suits, just not the robotic "recruit suit" look in Japan. If you have to wear a suit for work, I recommend embracing it and getting good ones that feel nice and fit properly. The same with ties etc. Don't just buy the cheapest one and resent it.

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They dress ?

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I am a snob and I fly business only or not at all. Even on short flights. In the latter case more for fast lane security check and the lounge although they also keep deteriorating.

the Ryan airs and air bnb’s of today have destroyed all fun in travelling for holidays. People cram themselves in tiny seats and then stay with 12 people in a 25m2 air bnb apartment.

travel in style or stay home. Travel once a year and not 3 times if style is hard to afford.

Better enjoy a bit extra luxury at home than travel cheap.

I know, I know, I am old fashioned , elitair, I like women to keep their breast inside their clothes rather than out and skirts a little longer than the slip. If any.

I also think clothes should be changed every day rather than once a week.

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When flew back home last week I took a walk up to the American airline gate just to admirer the clientele and every third young women were dressed like Friends Only Girls or Sex workers that hang on street corners this type of dress code is refer to as casual in the USA. Then I walked down to the Asian airline gate and all were dress civil, this type of dress code is refer to as normal for Asian. Walk down to the Australian airlines gates and some are dress very casual. in jeans and flannel shirts and some fine mullet hair cuts This type of dress is refer to as bogan. So there is all types and styles of dress code from all societies.

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"Delta does not have an official dress code for travelers."

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/kiwi-traveller-allegedly-removed-from-delta-airlines-flight-for-not-wearing-bra/57VO4PWEOZEGXJFGFQJ232GGSA/

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As long as you're not trying to scandalise or indirectly the passengers via t-shirts with rude sayings or scraps of material pretending to be a t-shirt, I honestly couldn't give a toss what people wear onboard an aircraft. Personally, I always wear jeans or cargo trousers (because pockets), sneakers, and a hoodie. For long-haul flights, I pack a pair of sweatpants to change into once the seatbelt sign has gone off. Sitting for hours on end isn't comfortable or healthy so I always dress with comfort in mind.

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People used to dress up when they traveled on planes. What do you think about the way passengers dress today?

Yes and the airlines used to give service, larger seats, larger carry-on, 2 checked larger suitcases, nicer meals with actual cutlery, etc...

If you give service like a Greyhound bus, then people act and dress like they are traveling on a Greyhound bus!

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Is this an American thing? Flying in something resembling dirty underwear and bath slippers? Because if you take any flight in Europe you won't see that. The vast majority will be clean and neatly dressed.

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Some people dress like bums on planes. Tennis shoes, black socks, green shorts, 

Are you criticizing the type of clothing or the color combinations?

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I really don't mind what other people wear. I'm more concerned about surviving, turbulence, back pain, overspiced food, people chatting loudly or getting drunk, or the person in front reclining so far I get squashed. Clothing choices don't even make the list.

True that.

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My dress decision also depends on the country of my destination.

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Ebisen

i guess your last visit to Europe was a few decades back ?

you should see the cattle being driven on and off the low cost carriers.

you can not only blame the airlines as the pax do challenge the definition of humans.

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That's of no relevance, because it only counts that the flight is successful from start to landing, leaving no one injured or dead.

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Why dress up to go to your funeral these days with aircraft falling out of the sky. Most people don't dress up glamorous anymore. Those days are gone when only the rich and famous could afford to fly. Now days people are crammed into a sardine can so they dress for comfort now especially if they are on a flight for hours at time.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Robert Maas, I fly between Japan and Europe and within Europe at least 5-6 times a year.

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