Shameless Passengers: Qantas airlines enforces 'smart-casual' dress-code

2015-03-05 22:00
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Cape Town - From April 1 2015, Qantas airline will be more closely applying its minimum 'smart casual' dress guidelines in its Qantas Clubs and business lounges in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra and Adelaide in Australia.

Other regional areas, including Darwin, Cairns and the Gold Coast, will not be monitored under the same scrutiny, reports Traveller Australia

This stricter implementation of the attire guideline comes as a response to passengers complaining of people in board shorts and flip-flops occupying the lounges. 

Qantas head of domestic product and service Helen Gray said that some frequent flyers complain about the tendency for other passengers to wear attire such as singlets, shorts and thongs in the lounges, particularly in Perth and Brisbane. 

She says, "the dress guidelines for our lounges are the same as most restaurants or clubs, and although the vast majority of our members meet and exceed the guidelines, but we have had some feedback from customers that they want to see those guidelines apply to everyone."

While Australia's flag carrier chose to friendly demand a specific dress code in certain lounges, South Africa's airports have a much more relaxed attitude. 

King Shaka International Airport in Durban told Traveller24 that they "fortunately" don't ask their customers to dress a certain way, and Cape Town International too said that they have no restrictions in place for passengers. 

Qantas' request may seem a little imposing, especially to people who dread flying 14 hours dressed like a penguin. But when you take a look at what shameless passengers choose to don (or undon) during flights, you understand their noble request: 

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