Qantas: Australian airline relaxes gender-based uniform rules

2023-06-09 04:39:47  • 3 mins

By Annabelle Liang

Business reporter

Australian airline Qantas has relaxed its gender-based uniform rules, allowing male employees to wear makeup and have long hair.

According to its new style guide, female employees will no longer have to wear makeup and heels while on duty.

Last year, an Australian trade union called on Qantas to move its "uniform policy into the 21st Century".

It comes after rival airlines eased their rules, with Virgin Atlantic adopting gender-neutral uniforms.

Along with being able to wear flat shoes, both women and men will be allowed to wear the same sorts of jewellery, including large watches.

The new rules also mean all employees, including pilots and flight attendants, can have long hair, if it is worn in a ponytail or bun.

"Fashions change, and so have our style guidelines over the years," Qantas said in a statement on Friday.

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