What is the dress code for your airline?

by Passrider on May 7, 2012

PetraA popular question we get is about dress codes for various airlines. It seems quite varied from airline to airline. Generally, the rule of thumb is to err on the side of caution and dress in business casual attire. So no tennis shoes (sneakers, trainers), no shorts, no open toe shoes, no exceptionally short skirts, no jeans and wear a collared shirt. So be conservative and professional.

I remember years ago Delta used to make the men wear suits and ties except to Hawaii. Also, no jeans were allowed in First Class. Times have changed though as United now allow shorts.

What is the dress code for your airline? What’s been your experience as you travel?

Please leave a comment below.

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avatar Jeremy February 7, 2014 at 6:43 pm

I fly for Era Aviation (soon to be known as Corvis Aviation of the parent company Ravn Alaska…Not misspelled). Our dress code for jump seaters is minimal blue jeans and a collared shirt…no frills just don’t look like you just got off the buss from bum town.

As far as riding on other companies I have always dressed in my uniform and haven’t had any problems.


avatar Kerwin McKenzie February 15, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Thanks Jeremy for the details. I need to come up and fly Era as I want to fly to those smaller cities up there in Alaska.


avatar Miguel March 2, 2014 at 12:25 am

United allows nice pair of jean( no holes or cut off). no need to wear ties and no flip flop.


avatar Buddy Coats March 5, 2014 at 10:17 pm

At UPS airlines you must dress business casual to jumpseat.


avatar M. Toone May 2, 2014 at 5:39 pm

We are flying Delta in June of 2014 going from Sacramento CA. to Billings MT. We are going coach and I want to know if it is ok to fly in Jeans, no holes or cut offs, with a T-shirt new and clean with a logo of fishing on it. He will be wearing his vans.


avatar Kerwin McKenzie May 3, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Hi M. Toone,
Thank you for your note. I know that Delta has relaxed its dress code and will find out for you.
The logoed T-shirts are usually a no-no by airlines, so I’d stay away from that.
When in doubt, dress conservatively.



avatar Travis Swanson May 3, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Hi M. Toone, you will be fine wearing jeans and a t-shirt on Delta. Delta even allows shorts and flip flops, even in first class. Sneakers are fine as well. Wouldn’t worry about the fishing t-shirt as well. Just don’t show up in pj’s or offensive clothing and you will be fine.


avatar Travis Swanson May 3, 2014 at 6:27 pm

In fact Delta’s dress code states; “if the attire is appropriate for a revenue passenger to wear, then a non-revenue passenger can wear the same attire.”

It is always wise to wear or pack a pair of business casual clothes in the event that you have to fly another airline.


avatar Kerwin McKenzie July 18, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Thanks Travis. This is good info.



avatar Beverly August 17, 2014 at 5:12 am

Do I need to wear solid colors or are prints , patterns OK ? Wedge sandals are out ?


avatar Kerwin McKenzie August 17, 2014 at 5:19 am

Hi Beverly,
Thank you for your question.
Solids, prints and patterns are O.K. They just don’t want you to wear anything that’s too loud or make some kind of statement. Footwear is always an odd one though, so I’d check. Basically, if you have a question about it, don’t wear it. Err on the side of caution.



avatar Beverly August 17, 2014 at 5:32 am

Do I need to wear solid colors or are prints , patterns OK ? Wedge sandals are out ?

Thank you Kerwin.  This helps a lot,good  to know .


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