Qantas Club Dress Code Whinge!

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geetravel

Member since 02 Jan 2015

Total posts 22

Qantas Club Dress Code Whinge!

Hey Guys!

I know it's old news now, but just having a whinge about the ridiculousness of the Qantas Club 'no thongs' policy. Was flying ADL-OOL, last week. Evening flight, wearing Nudie Jeans, Lacoste polo and brand new Havianas. Smug Qantas Club staff member says I can't enter in thongs. Surely, they need to have some discretion with a view as to your overall neatness before saying no! Sure, if you are wearing a dirty pair of thrashed out Havis, but if you are overall dressed nicely and neatly! The iconic Australian airline not letting iconic Australian footwear into the lounge!!

eminere

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 Sep 2013

Total posts 371

Havaianas is "iconic Australian footwear"?

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

I wonder if anyone's tried pulling the religion/ethnicity/cultural card when being challenged?

Say a person in an ethnic attire that happens to include non-standard footwear, that is ethnically associated with that attire. Or someone wearing a full bodied head-to-feet covering outfit, who happens to wear non-standard footwear. Would they be called out?

And if they're not called out, could the Qantas staff be accused of reverse bigotry?

Or is it in fact problematic to, for example, lift the head-to-feet covering to ensure appropriate footwear is worn? Hence letting it slide leading to unfair and biased treatment of the rest?

eminere

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 Sep 2013

Total posts 371

???

Not sure what any of this has to do with Havaianas thongs, which are patently unacceptable footwear under the dress policy and have nothing to do with religion/ethnicity/culture either.

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

This is questioning the limits of the policy and the ability for the policy to be enforced consistently and fairly across the wider community. 

Do try to think laterally. 

eminere

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 Sep 2013

Total posts 371

You are going completely off-topic. There is nothing wrong with thinking laterally, you are welcome to start your own question thread to do so.

vvbjr

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 05 Apr 2015

Total posts 23

So you knew about the "no thongs policy" but you wore one anyway? You can't call someone smug when they are enforcing the policy which you knew about.

eminere

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 Sep 2013

Total posts 371

Exactly. In any event the dress policy is clear that thongs are not allowed. Rules are rules.

sgb

Emirates Airlines - Skywards

Member since 30 Nov 2015

Total posts 419

I always obey the rules. Just on that mesmorising subject of thongs and aviation, does the flying public really think they would provide adequate protection should something happen, I can't imagine walking over sharp metal and flames in thongs. Perhaps airlines should not worry so much about thongs in the lounge, but rather on the aircraft...

AnthonyvB

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards Plantium

Member since 19 Jun 2013

Total posts 82

By saying it is old news (so you knew the policy) and you still wore thongs you really have nothing to whinge about at all

gs2000

Member since 21 Sep 2012

Total posts 22

My wife recently got turned away because she had thongs on.  They were actually sandals that were purchased in Dubai.  Interestingly neither the lounges of Emirates in Dubai, Etihad in Abu Dhabi, the one world lounge in Male or Qatar in Doha had an issue with the same footwear.  It was a nice welcome home on our domestic transfer.  After visiting those lounges the Qantas lounge really doesn't compare anyway.  We waited at the gate and didn't notice any difference.

vvbjr

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 05 Apr 2015

Total posts 23

Stick to the original topic please. We are not talking about the acceptability of thongs or sandals in lounges other than the Qantas Club. Those lounges may have a dress code of their own and Qantas has theirs. And no, mentioning that the Qantas lounge doesn't really compare anyway has no bearing on the acceptability of thongs or sandals in those lounges.

hutch

Member since 07 Oct 2012

Total posts 761

In fairness, comparing a domestic lounge with an international lounge is not a like for like comparison.

Serg

QFF

Member since 12 Apr 2013

Total posts 870

True, but I like Qantas Domestic in Sydney much more then Qantas International in Melbourne!

Hugo

Member since 12 Jun 2013

Total posts 216

Qantas international and domestic lounges aren't really all that dissimilar, I think it's a like for like comparison. 

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