An airline attendant explains why it is important to not wear jeans or trainers while on board planes

Next time you reach out for your comfortable clothes for a flight, consider how that might affect your journey.

The expression “dress for the job that you want” also applies to air travel. You should dress for the seat that you choose.


For a free first class upgrade, make sure you choose the right outfit.Credit: Alamy

Your jeans and trainers may be what decides whether you are bumped up to First Class.

One flight attendant shared his thoughts on Who, What, and Wear according to Travel + Leisure: “Smart and understated. It helps to look like you are traveling often.

“Someone who is potentially due to get an upgrade can be knocked back if they aren’t dressed suitably.”

A second flight attendant was added: “No jeans or trainers — so I always go for tight black trousers and a blazer or a dress. For men, chinos or trousers and a shirt are worn.”

You should also avoid dirty shoes, leggings, and flip flops.

Follow all the rules and you could be the first person to be moved to first class.

Simon J Marton was a former British Airways flight attendant. “Dress smartly – it does no harm. If you look like you could be dressed appropriately for an upgrade, then you stand a better chance in that regard than someone in casual attire.”

Even if you aren’t able to get in first class, it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to enjoy the food.

A passenger in an economy class revealed to the Express that they were able to blag an upgrade on their food – after they fell asleep and missed their meal.

They said:  “I was travelling long haul in economy from Tokyo to London, and my partner and I fell asleep as the flight was taking off – missing the first of two scheduled meals.

“When we woke up, we were ravenous – but told all the trolley food was sold out. Plus, the food serving limitations made it impossible to eat any of the economy food.

The traveller explained that they only had to ask for the food in business or first class.

We previously revealed how a frequent flyer gets her upgrades – with one simple phrase.

Skip the jeans as well or you may be passed over for the freebie


You may get a freebie if you don’t wear jeans.Credit: Alamy


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