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Keep the Tube Top and Cropped Sweatpants in Checked Luggage

Dress for comfort AND style when you fly!

As a flight attendant, I see thousands upon thousands of people traveling, on the plane and in the airport. Back in the day, regular air travel was a privilege that was reserved solely for the wealthy. Most other fliers had saved for many years to take that one special trip of their dreams. Since it was such a special event to be going on a plane, travelers dressed in their best outfits, often purchasing a new piece for the occasion.

Obviously, times have changed. Air travel is something that is easily available to most people and often whole families fly to visit relatives or to go on vacation. Something else that has changed is that unwritten dress code. It saddens me to see so many people flying in their pajamas, ultra short shorts, men in strap-T undershirts. (If you need some example of what NOT to do, click here!)

Believe me, I understand that air travel (especially in Economy class) is not exactly comfortable. Seats are narrow and barely recline. The desire for comfort is understandable. But there are plenty of ways to be comfortable without looking like you just got out of bed! 

When you fly, your body bloats, so clothes with a bit of give is a good idea. Even if you are traveling to a warm destination, it can get chilly on the plane, so bring a light sweater to layer. Try not to wear something that has metal adornments, requires a belt, or lots of jewelry, as you will need to remove most or all of it when you go through security. Sensible easy-off easy-on shoes will expedite your trip through the TSA line as well. 

For summer travel, I like to wear a pair of capris that fit without a belt but have enough give to not get snug with airplane bloat, a nice tank top that fits me well and isn’t too low-cut or short (you will be leaning over and reaching up when dealing with stowing your bags!), a cardigan sweater to layer, and a pair of comfortable mules that are easy to slip into after walking through the metal detector.

Remember, when you travel, you represent your town, state and country. When you are comfortable and look good, your travel experience will be a lot more pleasant. Everyone feels great when they look great!

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Mary Genao June 17, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Marcella, I'm not going to post what airline I work for because I would then be considered a spokesperson for my company, which I don't want to do! Glad to see a former FA reading, we are a unique bunch!
Tim Killimaji June 17, 2012 at 10:25 PM
people are pigs
Pat Musselman June 18, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Nothing worse than sitting next to a stranger with hairy armpits! Gross!
RuralLiving June 19, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Once I was smooshed into the window seat next to a huge man that smelled like cigars and BO. I asked the stewardess to change my seat and she did!!
Mary Genao June 19, 2012 at 07:34 PM
I'm glad she was able to accommodate you! I wouldn't want to sit next to him either. I once had a man that boarded the plane with such bad BO that we actually had to have the CSR on the ground come and take him off. It was beyond BO. It was burning noses and people were getting ill.

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