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Virgin Atlantic Becomes 1st UK Airline To Allow Crew Members To Show Tattoos
Virgin Atlantic has loosened its uniform requirements by updating its policy on tattoos. According to CNN, the British airline will now allow its crew members to have their tattoos showing while uniformed.
The airline says the update, which took place on Tuesday, makes it the UK‘s first airline allowing visible tattoos.
“Until today, any uniformed Virgin Atlantic employee had to make sure that their tattoos were covered. But now, employees can show off their ink to the world, while still representing Virgin Atlantic in their uniform,” said the airline in a press release.
“Today we’re championing the dazzling collection of individuals who are our wonderful cabin crew…from today, they can now show their tattoos with pride.”
The vast majority of airlines do not allow their flight attendants and other cabin crew staff to display any body ink while working. Visible tattoos are generally required to be covered by clothing, makeup, or a bandage.
With a name that has become synonymous with adventure, Virgin Atlantic supports the ideas of individuality and self-expression. Chief People Officer, Estelle Hollingsworth, expressed that the airline has always encouraged its employees to be themselves,
“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 excluded from doing so if they choose,” Hollingsworth said.
“That’s why, in line with our focus on inclusion and championing individuality, we’re relaxing our tattoo restrictions for all our people. We’re proud to be the airline that sees the world differently and allows our people to truly be themselves.”
In honor of International Flight Attendants day, which was May 31, Virgin Atlantic displated photos of some of its tattooed crew members on the airline’s Twitter page.