A post I wrote in early February asked if airlines should implement defined dress codes. I said (in my typically understated tone) that my preferred travel attire consisted of a polo shirt and cargo shorts because “I’m a dad. Cargo shorts are part of the uniform.”
Several readers responded to that specific part of the post.
And those remarks inspired me to change my travel attire.
It’s All in the Jeans
I generally wore shorts when flying during the summer (or between summer-like locales). During the colder months, I’d wear jeans or warmup pants.
Asyd said, “Be a dad all you want in cargo [shorts], but for safety, it’s always been suggested that one wear long pants, shoes and socks and shirts that cover your arms. Why? In the event of a fire onboard or other such need for evacuation, you have something covering your body should the need to evacuate swiftly arise… Considering the interior of the plane is all sorts of plastic it’ll go up like a match. When flying dress for safety, not comfort.” He later added, “Wear denim, protect your legs…those are the tools you’ll need to evacuate you and your kid!”
Comments involving my family get extra attention. And this certainly was no exception.
Steve wrote, “…denim is the go to for fire and rugged, always avoid polyester etc, and long sleeves and good shoes just make sense….I am sure it will never happen to me, but (isn’t) it wise to be prepared? Can you imagine high heels or flip flops on a jet wing and they have to come off if you slide so there you are in barefeet??”
Safety and hygiene are the two main reasons I always wear shoes and socks when traveling. But I’m also clumsy as heck — and a total clown show when walking in flip flops 😉 . I still wear my polo shirts when weather permits — but bring along a sweatshirt just in case we need to evacuate.
Another bonus: shorts take up less space than jeans in my suitcase!
During the few dozen flights I’ve taken since writing that post, never have I thought, Wow, I really miss my cargo shorts…
We appreciate genuinely thoughtful and helpful comments! I finally took seriously that my travel wardrobe needed to change a bit. I know I’m a little late to that party — but better than finding out too late. Thanks, readers!
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