AirAsia’s head-turning hazmat uniforms for flight attendants

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Face masks, protective face shields, gloves and safety glasses may well become the new norm for post-pandemic flight attendant attire.

But personal protective equipment (PPE) can still be a style statement, says the man behind the head-turning hazmat uniforms for AirAsia.

The Malaysian low-cost carrier recently returned to running domestic flights. Passengers must wear their own face masks and its flight attendants may soon be wearing these striking PPE uniforms.

Designed by Filipino fashion designer Puey Quinones to protect cabin crew from exposure to COVID-19, the uniforms look more like Formula One pit crew garb yet feature the airline’s signature bright red and personal protective equipment in the form of hoods, gloves, masks and face shields.

The uniforms have reportedly been approved by the Philippines government but whether it will be used on regular commercial services is yet to be confirmed, says the airline.

“We have undertaken a thorough review of our guest handling procedures both on ground and onboard in light of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said AirAsia group president Bo Lingham.

“We have been working closely with the airport authorities to ensure that all the relevant precautionary measures are in place to ensure a safe, pleasant and comfortable journey for everyone.”

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AirAsia Philippines vice-chair and majority shareholder Sheila Romero says the new PPE uniform will protect the airline’s ‘Allstars’.

“It is the responsibility of each one to flatten the curve,” said Ms Romero.

“At the same time, the PPE is designed to proudly announce that we are AirAsia and we will rise up from this pandemic. I want to boost the morale of our staff when they wear this new uniform.”

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The uniform is “fusion of fashion and safety”, says Ms Romero, and will define new standards of flying.

“I compared different fabrics that have been approved by the DOH (Department of Health) and even had a stress test done,” she said.

“The PPE is comfortable because it is not so thick and heavy, yet it serves its purpose. The material gives justice to the design. I like that it’s chic and sporty – similar to what F1 race car drivers wear.”

AirAsia isn’t the first or only airline to introduce protective uniforms for crew.

Philippine Airlines recently revealed protective uniforms designed by Filipino designer Edwin Tan. The white protective suits feature a red, yellow and blue-striped shoulder to honour the national flag.

Emirates crew also recently revealed new PPE uniforms for its flight crew to wear on flights during the coronavirus pandemic.

What do you think of the new uniforms??

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Total Comments: 10
  1. 0

    Beyond ridiculous – welcome to your flying hospital ward.

  2. 0

    Funkee, welcome to the ‘new world’ of PPE. If you find flight attendants, or maybe your cardiac surgeon, wearing PPE to protect both themselves and you then maybe you should consider travelling by ship.

  3. 0

    Ridiculous. They look like Santa Claus!

    • 0

      Agree Granny H!……I am probably past overseas travel these days although I have done plenty in the past….if I went to board an aircraft with attendants looking like that, think I’d turn around and go back to the departure lounge!

  4. 0

    Hopefully I’ll not need a seat on a ‘medi-evac’ flight for a few years…

  5. 0

    More to the point what do they think of their new attire? They could be doctors in that uniform but in the interests of COVID safety for everyone, then we have to adjust to the new norm, be respectful and go with the flow. Hopefully it will not be for ever. Planes are the worst places for germs.

  6. 0

    ‘a fusion of fashion and safety’ ha ha ha … ‘chic and sporty’, pigs rectum …these coloured body condoms may well serve their safety purpose but attractive they aint …try polishing a turd, Ms Romero, you might have more luck.

  7. 0

    How sad that you find it ridiculous when all they are trying to do is run their airline, provide a service to enable people to get around, and keep both staff and passengers safe during this difficult period. Almost nobody is flying now for the fun of it, only people who have a compelling reason. They have an expectation of being kept as safe as it is possible to do so.

    • 0

      johninmelb I dont find safety precautions ridiculous just the bullshit attempt to put lipstick on a pig. Lighten up mate, those of us with a sense of humour are none the less appreciative of the efforts gone to, to provide safe interaction in what was normal human contact. After weeks of self isolation, allow me to find my jollies taking the piss.

  8. 0

    Eyes and ears are not covered on the Emirates ones, germs can still enter there. Just puts me off flying even more, not that I was planning on flying anywhere, too much to see in Australia for me.



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