Air travel has always been an industry that thrives on innovation. As a major supplier of uniforms to the airline industry we keep a close eye on developments and work with our customers to suggest improvements for both comfort and safety.
Moving with the times
Whether it be making flights more comfortable or quicker, providing increased levels of in-flight entertainment, offering exceptional food quality or giving business flyers access to extraordinary levels of luxury, airlines are continually on a mission to make the experience more memorable and, ultimately, more rewarding.
Throughout 2020, the air industry was hit hard, with tourism all-but banned the world over, and savvy companies have used this time to focus on innovations and developments that will keep passengers safe and will encourage them to fly once again.
One of the changes that many passengers are liable to be most aware of when they return to airports is the change in uniforms worn by flight attendants, as many airlines adopt a very different style.
A new style of uniform for flight attendants
In a bid to keep customers and staff safe, many airlines have taken to throwing out (at least for now) the flight attendant uniforms with which we are so familiar, and have instead placed a focus on personal protective equipment (PPE).
While the designs vary (some iterations look akin to HAZMAT costumes, while others are more like multi-coloured jumpsuits) they are all designed to minimise physical contact, reduce the likelihood of COVID being passed, and also showcase that the airline and its staff are dedicated to health and safety as a priority. It is likely that, as knowledge of PPE and how it can be utilised effectively increases, designs will become more interesting and creative, while carrying out the same safety function.
Of course, such PPE is all well and good, but it is only able to be truly effective should employees be properly trained in how to wear it and maintain it. All airlines are currently revising their operation guidelines to ensure health and safety is emphasised even more than it previously was, and this includes the management of PPE.
Other airline innovations
PPE will, of course, not be the only innovation set to change the face of air travel. Health screenings are liable to become ubiquitous, especially in the short term, as is the idea of facial recognition passports, which many airlines have actually been calling for for years. Robots are also likely to be used more frequently in a bid to make all surfaces in terminal buildings and the planes themselves cleaner.
While airports have always had stringent policies around cleanliness, and though airlines have always attempted to showcase their brand in the most positive and beneficial light, it seems certain that in the coming months and years, even more attention will be placed on these priorities.