Virgin Atlantic removes female cabin crew make-up policy

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Virgin Atlantic has removed its requirement that female cabin crew must wear make-up while on duty and also announced they will be able to wear trousers as a standard option in their red uniforms.

The carrier said in a statement: “Not only do the new guidelines offer an increased level of comfort, they also provide our team with more choice on how they want to express themselves at work.

“Female cabin crew are no longer required to wear any make up, if they so choose. They are however, still very welcome to wear any of our existing palette of make-up (including lipstick and foundations) set out in Virgin Atlantic’s guidelines.”

Trousers are now available as an option for all women and will be provided as standard when joining Virgin Atlantic, the statement added.

The changes come after feedback from employees and a market move towards more relaxed uniform rules for cabin crew by the likes of easyJet and Ryanair.

Despite that, legacy carriers like British Airways (BA) and Emirates still require female cabin crew to wear make-up while working, although BA let female cabin crew wear trousers from 2016.