Norwegian Air No Longer Requires Women Flight Attendants to Wear Heels and Makeup

May 3, 2019

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Just a few scant weeks after being called out over its antiquated dress code policy, Norwegian Air has dropped its heeled footwear and cosmetics requirements for women flight attendants.

“As a responsible employer, we are in continuous dialogue with our cabin crew colleagues to see how we can improve our uniform guidelines,” the airline said in a statement. “We now allow female crew members to wear flat shoes at all times and no makeup if they choose, male crew members can also wear light makeup.”

The policy previously called for women employees to wear heels while on the job at all times whenever outside of aircraft cabins, unless they could prove exemption for medical reasons. Makeup was also mandatory on the job for women, while men were forbidden to wear any cosmetics beyond light concealer to cover up acne and bruises.

Norwegian Air isn’t the only airline to revise its uniform standards in recent years. Virgin Atlantic also recently eased up on its flight attendant makeup requirements, and added pants to the standard women’s uniform kit as well.

Featured photo by AAS, ERLEND/AFP/Getty Images.

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