Norwegian Cabin Crew Require Doctor’s Note For Flat Shoes

Norwegian Air requires its female crewmembers to have a doctor’s note in order to wear flat shoes while they are on duty. Reportedly, Norwegian Air’s 22-page dress code actually spells out this requirement. Yes, it is indeed part of the latest revision of the dress code.

Norwegian Boeing 737
Norwegian’s female staff members are not allowed to wear flat shoes unless they have a doctor’s note. Photo: Norwegian.

Norwegian Air’s dress code

As reported by the Independent, Norwegian Air’s latest dress code specifies that the airline’s female employees must wear heels that are at least two centimeters tall. If a female employee wants to wear flats, she must carry a doctor’s note at all times. Additionally, a doctor must renew the note every six months.

Furthermore, the airline requires female employees to wear eye makeup, as well as a light foundation, a tinted moisturizer or powder. Male employees, on the other hand, are generally not allowed to wear makeup at all.

Norwegian Crew Members
Norwegian’s crew members have to follow a strict dress code. Photo: Norwegian.

The airline also imposes restrictions on jewelry. While Norwegian allows women to wear two rings per hand, they must be made of gold or silver colored metal. The airline does not allow necklaces or thumb rings. It further prohibits any type of jewelry with religious motifs.

Criticism

According to the Independent, Norwegian’s dress code has already been criticized. As a matter of fact, Anette Trettebergstuen, a spokesperson for the Norwegian Labour Party, stated that the requirements have gone too far. She said that “The year 1950 rang and it wants its rulebook back. This is super embarrassing and they should have progressed further.”

Ingrid Hodnebo, a spokesperson for Norway’s Socialist Left Party, has also commented on Norwegian’s dress code. She feels that “[i]t is almost comical that we face these issues in 2019.”

Nonetheless, Norwegian seems to stand fully behind its policy. The airline feels that the requirements are necessary to ensure that the airline is well-represented. Additionally, it contends that its crew members were involved in the creation of the policy.

The airline did state, however, that flight attendants working inside the aircraft cabin may wear flats. Nevertheless, Norwegian requires female employees working on the ground to wear heels.

Norwegian Flight Attendant
Norwegian’s flight attendants can still wear flats according to the airline. Photo: Norwegian.

Interestingly, other airlines have recently relaxed their dress codes. As a matter of fact, Aer Lingus and Virgin Atlantic announced changes to their dress codes last month. Both airlines no longer require their female flight attendants to wear skirts or makeup.

It will be interesting to see if Norwegian will stick to its dress code or loosen its requirements.

How do you feel about Norwegian’s dress code? Do you think that the airline has gone too far with its requirements?

2 comments
  1. Norwegian dress code

    A dress code is a company / organisation / sports club means of self expressing.
    Of course some elements can always be argued within such an organisation.

    On the other hand if there is a evidencable reason someone can better not walk with heels, it’s a good idea that the medical proof of that can be shown on request*. Otherwise such an in-company rule should not be enforceable and that’s in the other employees interest.
    * Needs not to be an always carried on paper, showing the specific document on hers iPhone is as good as and slightly less bordering.

    Discussing dress code elements by members of Parliament or Labour organisations is over the threshold of freedom of entrepreneurship, except of course those elements in general might violate men/woman’s integrity.

    It’s a thin line.
    A decade ago in Germany there was the initiative of funding an all Smokers airline. In their application form a requirement was that staff never should complain about working in a smoky atmosphere, which at that time already violated with standing regulations.
    Some ME-airlines force their women cabin crew members covering their heads?
    And what about topless dresscode in nightclubs? Never heard any complaint by members of Parliament.

    So if 2 cm heels happen to be todays Norwegians biggest business challenge: . . . . . . . . . . .

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