Virgin Atlantic allows flight attendants to show tattoos

Two Virgin Atlantic flight attendants showed off their tattoos last week as part of a new policy change by the carrier. Photo courtesy of Virgin Atlantic

June 6 (UPI) — Virgin Atlantic has announced that it has changed its policy on flight attendants displaying tattoos while on duty with the carrier.

The airliner said last week that flight attendants, who were previously required to hide their tattoos while in uniform, will be allowed to make their tattoos visible in a nod to self-expression. Virgin Atlantic said it was the first UK airline to make such a change.

“At Virgin Atlantic, we want everyone to be themselves and know they belong,” Estelle Hollingsworth, Virgin Atlantic’s head of human resources, said in a statement last week. “Many people use tattoos to express their unique identity and our customer-facing and uniformed colleagues should not be excluded from doing so if they choose.

“That’s why, in line with our goal of inclusion and championing individuality, we’re relaxing our tattoo restrictions for all of our employees. We’re proud to be the airline that sees the world differently and empowers our employees to truly be themselves.”

Virgin Atlantic posted photos on social media last week with some of their flight attendants showing off their tattoos in recognition of International Flight Attendants Day.

“Today we champion the dazzling collection of individuals who make up our wonderful cabin crew,” said Virgin Atlantic. said on Twitter. “We’ve always encouraged our associates to be themselves, so starting today they can now show off their tattoos with pride.”

Virgin Atlantic said the uniform change was linked to its latest advertising campaign, “Seeing the world differently”, with uniforms created by Vivienne Westwood, the British designer credited with introducing punk designs to the world. main stream.

“So it’s fitting that the Virgin Atlantic team members can express themselves with their unique tattoos, wearing the red uniforms designed by the godmother of punk,” Virgin Atlantic said.

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