Are (Frequent) Travelers Growing Tired Of People Who Don’t Dress Properly During Air Travel?


It appears there are more social media groups, postings and website articles than ever before where people complain about fellow travelers sloppy dress style, bad travel habits and bare feet in the skies.

Is this a sign of people reaching the peak of their patience while putting up with the at time disgusting behavior and antics of others around them while flying from point A to point B?

The discussion about a dress code in hotels, planes and airports is as old as traveling itself and while it’s an entertaining topic every now and then to publicly shame people for their habits I find it more interesting how the general public shifted to handle these situations.

Social Media accounts with titles such as “Passenger Shaming” – probably the most popular outlet – spread like wildfire and expose travelers who engage in outrageous, disgusting and often unhygienic behavior.

The new phenomenon appears to be “If you can’t beat them, shame them” and following this mantra the web gets flooded with cringe worthy images such as the above.

At the same time you have the famous 2015 Twitter rant of a British cricket athlete who got into a row with Qantas after they refused him entry over the choice of his footwear.

I find it strange that a sports star and self proclaimed “Platinum, First Class flier” doesn’t carry at least one pair of closed shoes or at least proper sandals when traveling but I guess to each his own.

Qantas indeed published a semi-dress code back in 2015 after revamping their lounges and trying to get things under control as far as the lax attire in their lounges went.

Not an unreasonable request to their passengers considering how people used to show up at Qantas Clubs around Australia. I lived in Sydney for the better part of 2013 and traveled quiet a bit domestically. It was almost like a Billabong store every left and right which is fine – as long as you’re on the beach!


Why the sudden jump in public shaming of such ‘offenders’? I guess one reason could be that social media now reached about every corner of society, while at the same time, everybody has a portable camera for pictures and video at their disposal. It’s very easy to take a snap of someone and quickly upload it for the world to see.

At the same time, people seem to respect public space less and less, and what they can expose others to. Have you contributed to sites such as Passenger Shaming or posted similar offenses to your personal social media account? Confess below!

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  • Agham Herubroto

    no offense, but i usually use a short pants like beach pants and t-shirt when flying long haul flight in first and business class. who want to sleep in 12 hour flight in suit? and you expect me to use full suit in lounge and change to sleep wear to me in the air? big no to me! if they complain about manner or attitude, i will listen but if they become fashion police, go to hell!!

    • Aaron

      + 1

    • I’d say there is a huge difference between a full fledged suit which as you said if really impractical at times and a beach outfit. There are jeans, khaki shorts, polo shirts and even regular t-shirts, sandals and slippers. All of which are fine.

      I think how Qantas handles it is reasonable. At the same time as a passenger I don’t want to look at other peoples bare feet inflight while I’m having lunch. And based on the image above some folks can’t even keep their feet on the ground but even touch other passengers armrest. Disgusting.

      • Agham Herubroto

        i agree to you about bare feet and feet on armrest. some people now have lack of manner. that what need to fixed. but dress code to lounge, i don’t agree with that. because in my opinion, lounge more be a “waiting room” for first and business pax than a fine dining restaurant.

        • superduper

          if she is hot, i dont mind just the feet, she can share my seat with me.

        • Boonie

          This must becoming a common thing bare feet on armrest, seen it a couple of times but the person who had their bare feet did not have any manners, they were so close to touching the person’s arm. Talk about personal space being invaded. If the person in front of them would have turned around they would have been slapped by a bare foot!

    • superduper

      love the short shorts. keep it really tight at the bums… thanks

    • A Man With a Plan

      I think you are missing a rather significant point. These standards apply to some domestic lounges (as the heading Qantas Domestic Lounge Dress Standards says)

      There are no 12 hour flights, and there are no first class flights which depart from a domestic terminal.

      Your aggression is misplaced completely.

  • superduper


    slippers / flip flop are a no-no but sandals and slides are OK?!

    head to toe gym wear is fine when you have a HOT BOD! the tighter the better! OH LALA

  • Malcolm

    Just as offensive is bad breath, garlic, booze or cigarette odor. Quantas seem to have struck a reasonable balance. Loose fitting clothing is the most comfortable and a 24hr deodorant is appreciated by the person in the middle row.

  • justthebest

    I hope superd is 12-14. If he’s a day over that, he’s disgusting and needs to grow up.

  • Tobias Kwetina

    Manners are important,dress code is not. Same like on planet earth. If an airline tells me what I have to wear I just don’t fly them anymore.

    • Harry Webb

      So we’ll be safe on Qantas then?

  • Alix@thebuilderette

    Etihad (biz class at least) definitely has a dress code. Before I flew with them I received a letter requesting that women wear a jacket that covered their shoulders in the lounge and to board. Their lounges are so gorgeous that I would have dressed up anyway. But then, I dress appropriately wherever I am. Can’t stand being underdressed.

  • Gaijinsan

    UGG boots are sleepwear? LOL, I had no idea. They have fallen out a bit but were one of the most popular footwear choices of under 40 Japanese females for quite a while. I personally don’t like the style, but have never found them distasteful and can’t imagine denying lounge entry based on them.

    • Owen Olsen

      In Australia UGG boots are classified as “bogan”. Hence the reason why. Cheers

      P.S. The term bogan is a derogatory Australian and New Zealand slang word used to describe a person whose speech, clothing, attitude and behaviour exemplify values and behaviour considered unrefined or unsophisticated. Wikipedia

      • Gaijinsan

        Haha, funny how cross cultures, one man’s trash is another’s treasure.

        • Harry Webb

          Ugg boots are quintessentially Australian (not New Zealand despite Wikipedia’s claims). Bogan similarly is an Australian expression.

          The ranting cricketer is really a South African, although he no doubt has a UK passport now.

  • NYC10036

    I fly transpacific in business or first routinely on AA and JAL, and I have always changed on board after the 1st meal into airline-provided pajamas or my own sweatpants and a t-shirt. Lately, though, this has become harder to accomplish because newer AA and JAL planes seem to be equipped with smaller bathrooms (I haven’t gained weight or gotten taller, so it must be the bathroom size!).

    So, I was thinking of changing in the lounge before boarding next time–but I am having a second thought after reading this article…