Does how youíre dressed still matter?

Old Mar 15, 20, 7:11 am
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Does how youíre dressed still matter?

I thought Iíd ask a question on a much lighter subject given all the doom and gloom.. Iím watching a great BA documentary from the 90s (itís on YouTube not sure if Iím allowed to post). They go into a lot of detail about overselling tickets and making people Ďsuitable for upgradeí. This is 20+ years ago now... but theyíre about to upgrade someone then see heís wearing shorts and so proceed to pick someone else.

I canít really remember what I was wearing the the last few times Iíve been upgraded but nowadays I generally just wear gap tracksuit bottoms and a pull over as then thereís no belt to remove and itís comfortable on the flight (much to my girlfriendís disapproval). I havenít had any upgrades lately... Iím wondering if the two are linked
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Old Mar 15, 20, 7:19 am
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It’s irrelevant
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Old Mar 15, 20, 7:24 am
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I was upgraded from WT+ to CW wearing leather shorts and a chain around my neck.


makes no difference what you wear.
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Old Mar 15, 20, 7:30 am
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The whole way upgrades are handled has changed a lot since then.

It's all done my an algorythm and so predetermined - search for 'DUT' and you'll find threads on it - to remove subjective decisions based on being suitably dressed (or handing over a £50 note in your passport)
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Old Mar 15, 20, 7:31 am
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Thatís good to hear.. I suppose The 90s was a different time. Also funny to see that the first looks like a slightly larger wt+ on the old 772s
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Old Mar 15, 20, 7:33 am
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Do you have the link please?
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Old Mar 15, 20, 7:34 am
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Originally Posted by UKtravelbear View Post
The whole way upgrades are handled has changed a lot since then.

It's all done my an algorythm and so predetermined - search for 'DUT' and you'll find threads on it - to remove subjective decisions based on being suitably dressed (or handing over a £50 note in your passport)
yes Iíve heard a bit about dut although apparently there was a document floating around which I canít seem to find.. having said that I also know of people getting sfu written or stamped on their boarding passes pretty recently and when I was with my girlfriend at PUJ they called out her name at the gate we both walked up they gave her a new boarding pass for CW she snatched my BP and gave it to the agent and the agent then printed me an upgraded BP as well which didnít seem to follow any system
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Old Mar 15, 20, 7:35 am
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No-one cares any more. When I took my first flight in 1959 aged five, I had to wear a jacket and tie and still do (voluntarily these days). I do personally draw the line at dirty feet in flip-flops, but airlines don’t.
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Old Mar 15, 20, 7:36 am
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It may not have appeared to follow a system, but it did.

Furthermore, the notion that in this day and age, BA would favor someone in white tie over someone in sweats is absurd. Torn jeans are not associated with poverty or money-losing customers. Quite the contrary.
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Old Mar 15, 20, 7:37 am
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Originally Posted by Schwann View Post
Do you have the link please?
not sure if I can post the link as someone got told off the other day for that. But if you search Ďairline 1990 inside British airways 3í on YouTube and go to about 42 mins and 30 seconds they talk about upgrades
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Old Mar 15, 20, 7:57 am
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I remember back in 1994 on my honeymoon, flying with Emirates to the Maldives, asking for an upgrade as it was our honeymoon. We were very casually dressed as you can imagine going to somewhere like that... only to be put right in my place by a very snooty check-in desk agent... "Not dressed like that!" - I never asked again since.
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Old Mar 15, 20, 8:08 am
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Originally Posted by MikkelErikson View Post
I was upgraded from WT+ to CW wearing leather shorts and a chain around my neck.
more info needed...
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Old Mar 15, 20, 8:11 am
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more info needed...
No I don't want to hear any more about that
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Old Mar 15, 20, 8:23 am
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Nope, always travel in what I feel comfortable in, if heading somewhere hot it will be shorts regardless of cabin.
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Old Mar 15, 20, 8:55 am
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I don't know about BA but for sure some Asian and mid east airlines do have a criteria. Yes the FFM gets priority but if others have to be upgraded then the dress code is also a criteria.
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