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Virgin and tattoos *

Tattoos can now be worn by cabin staff on Virgin Atlantic according to a new guidance by the airline.  Whether this attracts more customers, or puts some off remains to be seen. 

The new policy is set out by Estelle Hollingsworth, Chief People Officer, Virgin Atlantic.  She commented: “At Virgin Atlantic, we want everyone to be themselves and know that they belong.  Many people use tattoos to express their unique identities and our customer-facing and uniformed colleagues should not be excluded from doing so if they choose. That's why, in line with our focus on inclusion and championing individuality, we're relaxing our tattoo restrictions for all our people. We're proud to be the airline that sees the world differently and allows our people to truly be themselves”.

The big question is “will other airlines follow?”  According to Virgin’s previous guidelines said, “Tattoos that are offensive must remain covered up”.

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Paul Boshoff, Manchester

I think this is a great move by Virgin and one which other companies should follow. It shows they value individuality and celebrate diversity. And to add; homophobic comments from B G, Washington have no place in our modern, diverse world. You should climb back under your rock!


Josie Veasey, London

I think this is a great thing, most people probably won't even notice their tattoos as they are becoming more and more common place in society. Virgin are just reflecting the society we live in today. I agree offensive ones should be covered up, but don't see what is wrong with a bit of body art, done well they look fantastic. A tattoo does not stop anyone from doing their work well, it's just plain ignorance to assume otherwise. As for Mike Pickup's comment, you've probably been flying with one for years - you just didn't know it.


Josie Veasey, London

I think this is a great thing, most people probably won't even notice their tattoos as they are becoming more and more common place in society. Virgin are just reflecting the society we live in today. I agree offensive ones should be covered up, but don't see what is wrong with a bit of body art, done well they look fantastic. A tattoo does not stop anyone from doing their work well, it's just plain ignorance to assume otherwise. As for Mike Pickup's comment, you've probably been flying with one for years - you just didn't know it.


B G, Washington, DC

I think it's revolting, just as it was to charter a whole plane dedicated to people who live "alternative lifestyles" (which they did).


Mike Pickup, United Kingdom

Why would anyone want to fly with "tramp stamp" crew members?


Gerry Stevens, United Kingdom

What utter nonsense !


Sally Smith, Isle of Mn

If this is some gimmick to recruit staff I think it will backfire. Will the tattooed people trying to join the airline meet the standard required.


James Albright, Lambeth

I will have to think again about using Virgin? I think this move will turn people off the airline.


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