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Old 31st May 2022, 19:37
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Virgin Atlantic Staff Tattoo Policy

https://travelweekly.co.uk/news/air/...-policy-change

Virgin Atlantic employees no longer need to cover their tattoos up while in uniform after a policy change at the airline.

The company has altered its policy which, until today (May 31), required any customer-facing employees with visible body art to cover it up with a long-sleeved shirt, plasters or make-up.

Virgin Atlantic added the caveat that face, neck and head tattoos must remain covered, but that the policy was under review and the airline “hoped” to change it soon.



Estelle Hollingsworth, chief people officer, 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 excluded from doing so if they choose.

“That’s why, in line with our focus on inclusion and championing individuality, we’re relaxing our tattoo restrictions for all our people.”
Is this a good idea ? Maybe the "Upper Class" branding needs to be reviewed.

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Old 31st May 2022, 19:44
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Not sure I want to see flight crew visibly tattooed with “Highway to Hell” or “No fear” though.
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Old 31st May 2022, 21:03
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My wife won't let me have a tattoo. She says the garden isn't big enough, and she hates bagpipes.
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Old 31st May 2022, 22:27
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Funnily enough I almost started a thread the other day called "How come the tattoo craze hasn't died out yet?"

Admittedly by their long lasting nature, it actually could have died out and how would we know? ... yet somehow I don't think it has

Each to their own and all that, but ffs, who wants to have the same haircut for the rest of their life?
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Is there no escape from this walking graffiti?

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Confess I hate tattoos, call me an old relic, particularly hate seeing young lasses, whom nature has smiled upon, applying such graffiti. The Maori hate it as they see it it as an appropriation of their culture.
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Old 1st Jun 2022, 05:46
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Virgin really are promoting themselves as 'different' of late, especially their current TV ad and perhaps there's sound business reasons for doing so. Whilst some customers will have no issue with visible tattoos on flight/cabin crew, others will and it might only be seen with declining repeat business from those customers. I'm not a huge fan of tattoos, though I can appreciate the creativity and artistry involved. For me, there's a reason airline staff wear a 'uniform' rather than their own clothing, it's all about the brand and associated expectations of service during the journey.. No one needs to display their body art whilst working and for better or worse, in many professions it really does give the wrong impression.
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Old 1st Jun 2022, 06:10
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Confess I hate tattoos, call me an old relic, particularly hate seeing young lasses, whom nature has smiled upon, applying such graffiti. The Maori hate it as they see it it as an appropriation of their culture.
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Old 1st Jun 2022, 06:46
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...to express their unique identities and our customer-facing and uniformed colleagues should not be excluded from doing so if they choose.
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It does not seem so long ago a member of cabin crew (or maybe check-in crew) was barred from wearing a neck chain with a crucifix.

A dress code that is inoffensive and aesthetically pleasing to the broadest majority does not seem an unreasonable demand of a customer-facing job.
My inference (possibly misplaced, but it seems to fit with their latest virtue signaling advertising campaign) is that Virgin believe the only people who would be offended by tattoos are the "diversity-phobes" who really deserve to be offended anyway.
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Originally Posted by megan View Post
Confess I hate tattoos, call me an old relic, particularly hate seeing young lasses, whom nature has smiled upon, applying such graffiti. The Maori hate it as they see it it as an appropriation of their culture.
Me too. I really don't understand why anyone wants to vandalise their bodies with a permanent marker, which even today is impossible to fully remove without scarring when the tattooed person realises the tattoo they had is not longer relevant to their life. Temporary tattoos, essentially "war paint" that can be washed off are a different matter since they are fully reversible.

As for businesses, such as Virgin, making policies on visible tattoos I'm four square behind them. They cheapen the individual, and that in turn cheapens the brand.

I have a feeling that on a discussion group with a younger, less conservative membership, views may be starkly different from those expressed here!
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Originally Posted by Sue Vêtements View Post
Funnily enough I almost started a thread the other day called "How come the tattoo craze hasn't died out yet?"
Big business I guess ?

Just before I retired a few of our younger techies were getting heavily into large area Tats,I remember having a chat with one of our apprentices about it and said to him that I particularly disliked large area tats on females - to which he replied - my missus has lots of Tats - I just said 'Yuk'.
I do not think he ever forgave me for that comment LOL
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Originally Posted by ATNotts View Post
As for businesses, such as Virgin, making policies on visible tattoos I'm four square behind them. They cheapen the individual, and that in turn cheapens the brand.
I'd have thought, in that case, that you would be against Virgin's relaxation of restrictions ?
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I thoroughly dislike tattoos, but I am an old fogey and happy to be so!
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I thoroughly dislike tattoos, but I am an old fogey and happy to be so!
Totally agree.
Where I come from tattoos are commonly referred to as " Tramp Stamps"
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To be fair, some tattoos are exactly what they call body art and are very good. However the vast majority are very poorly done and will only get worse as they age.

I also cannot fathom how someone can be proud of a tattoo done at the end of an evening's drinking in Ibiza and the like. There's a reason why they have an appropriate name.

As for the idiots who tattoo themselves...
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Originally Posted by Saintsman View Post
To be fair, some tattoos are exactly what they call body art and are very good. However the vast majority are very poorly done and will only get worse as they age.

I also cannot fathom how someone can be proud of a tattoo done at the end of an evening's drinking in Ibiza and the like. There's a reason why they have an appropriate name.

As for the idiots who tattoo themselves...
Most Tattoo artists won’t touch anyone who has been drinking.

I’ve never met anyone who has done a tattoo themselves, other than prison Tatts.

It’s a generational thing. When I first joined up it was only military and ex cons who had tattoos. Now it’s very popular. Each to their own. Having a tattoo has absolutely no relevance whatsoever to how someone can do a job.

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Originally Posted by Toadstool View Post

It’s a generational thing. When I first joined up it was only military and ex cons who had tattoos. Now it’s very popular. Each to their own. Having a tattoo has absolutely no relevance whatsoever to how someone can do a job.
Indeed but large area tats do look awful (same with beards on most people )
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.... And officers do NOT have tattoos.

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