Virgin Atlantic says men can wear skirts, updates gender policy

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British airline Virgin Atlantic updated its gender policy and uniform requirements on Wednesday, allowing male employees to wear skirts.

Under the airline’s new policy, there will no longer be a “requirement for its people to wear gender-specific uniforms,” ​​Virgin Atlantic said in a press release. The airline’s crew, pilots and ground team members can now choose which uniform to wear, regardless of their gender.

Virgin Atlantic crew, pilots and ground team members can now choose which uniform to wear, regardless of their gender. (Reuters/Phil Noble/Reuters)

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Virgin Atlantic previously changed a uniform policy in June and changed its tattoo policy so that employees no longer had to hide their ink in uniform. That change came several years after the airline began allowing female cabin crew members to decide how much makeup to put on, as well as wear slacks and flats.

Virgin Atlantic Tattoo Policy

Virgin Atlantic recently relaxed its employee tattoo policy. (Virgin Atlantic Ocean)

Virgin Atlantic also launched optional pronoun badges for employees and customers on Wednesday. Passengers can ask for it at the check-in counter or in one of the lounges, the airline said.

Additionally, the airline’s ticketing systems have been updated to allow passengers with gender-neutral passports to select “U” or “X” as their gender code and “Mx” as their title when booking, according to the release.

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“At Virgin Atlantic, we believe that anyone can take on the world, no matter who they are,” the airline’s Chief Commercial Officer, Juha Jarvinen, said in a statement. “That’s why [it’s] so important that we enable our people to embrace their individuality and be their true selves at work. It is for that reason that we want to allow our people to wear the uniform that suits them best and how they identify our customers and ensure that they are addressed with their favorite pronouns.”

A Virgin Atlantic Boeing

Virgin Atlantic said it plans to roll out mandatory inclusivity training for its employees and to offer inclusive learning initiatives for tourism partners and hotels. (Reuters/Phil Noble/Reuters)

Virgin Atlantic said it plans to roll out mandatory inclusivity training for its employees and to offer inclusive learning initiatives for tourism partners and hotels.

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