Virgin Atlantic is the first British airline to let cabin crew show off their tattoos

The change in uniform policy went into effect today (Image: Virgin)

Cabin crew on Virgin Atlantic flights no longer have to cover their arm or leg tattoos to go to work.

The policy change means they don’t have to wear a special uniform to hide their body art.

Previously, any employee in uniform had to wear a long-sleeved shirt, band-aids, or makeup to keep their tattoos hidden.

Since short-sleeved shirts are the uniform standard, a special shirt had to be requested.

The airline said tattoos on the head, face and neck will still need to be covered, although that policy is under review and could also be changed in phase two of the changes.

Any offensive tattoos must also remain covered.

The airline tweeted today: “Happy International Flight Attendants Day. Today we champion the dazzling collection of individuals who are our wonderful cabin crew.

“We’ve always encouraged our employees to be themselves, so starting today, they can proudly show off their tattoos.”

Virgin Atlantic cabin crew are allowed to show tattoos on their arms after the airline said on Tuesday that uniformed and front-line staff are no longer required to cover tattoos with long-sleeved shirts, band-aids or makeup.

People used to have to cover their tattoos while in uniform (Image: Virgin Atlantic)
Now only offensive tattoos or face, neck and head tattoos need to be covered (Image: Virgin Atlantic)

They shared photos of some of their cabin crew who have tattoos, including a silhouette of an airplane.

Many praised the decision, with one responding to the tweet: “I care about the friendly, professional service I’ve always received from @VirginAtlantic, not how someone looks. Allowing you flight attendants to be themselves is a breath of fresh air.”

Another said: “It’s a shame tattoos have been (and still are) stigmatized in the industry but I’m glad to learn that Virgin Atlantic is bucking the trend and allowing their flight attendants to have them without hiding them now.” .”

However, some took offense, such as one man who wrote: “It’s a no from me. The crew is there primarily for our safety not to show off their body art.

Estelle Hollingsworth, Chief People Officer at Virgin Atlantic, said: “At Virgin Atlantic we want everyone to be themselves and know that they belong.

“Many people use tattoos to express their unique identities and our customer-facing and uniformed colleagues should not be left out if they so choose.

“Therefore, consistent with our focus on inclusion and promoting individuality, we are relaxing our tattoo restrictions on all of our employees.

“We’re proud to be the airline that sees the world differently and empowers our people to truly be themselves.”

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Justin Scacco

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