The grinches at a flight attendants union representing United Airlines cabin crew recently forbade its members from donning festive apparel such as Santa hats, reindeer antlers “and the humble Christmas jumper,” Paddle Your Own Kanoo reported.
I, admittedly, love the winter holiday season, so perhaps I’m a bit biased.
But don’t you think that’s going a bit far?
According to PYOK, “the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), which represents United’s 22,000 cabin crew, has told it’s members that they shouldn’t wear anything that might detract from their ‘professional image as Safety Professionals.’”
My neighborhood fire station puts wreathes on the fronts of their fire engines and trucks. Do those detract from their professional image as safety professionals?” Um, no.
And let’s not forget that it was United flight attendants who performed a fun safety briefing-Night Before Christmas mashup
I’m not saying we need flight attendants with all sorts of flair:
But some small features certainly don’t hurt anyone.
Side-note: I flew a Delta and a Delta Connection (SkyWest) flight yesterday. None of the flight attendants were decked out in Christmas gear. A pilot, though, wore an oversized necklace of Christmas lights while bigging passengers farewell.
Why It Might Add Some Much Needed Light Humor
I was at LAX yesterday.
It was a living hell.
The airport was crowded, people were stressed, families were traveling (we were one of them) … It was first world chaos.
There was definitely a need for Christmas cheer — even on flights.
I’m not saying we need flight attendants dressed up as elves at Santa’s workshop. That detracts from a safety professional image.
But a couple of Santa hats — or even just secular holiday aprons — may loosen the mood and bring a little bit of cheer.
But don’t get me started if they want to dress up for Halloween.
What Do You Think?
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