From your own account here you joined Jazz fairly recently, maybe you can recall when you joined who told you to decide which parts of the uniform dress code you want to abide by? Did you tell your ALPA rep that you will not wear your uniform? Did they tell you that's okay?Black_Tusk wrote:Until they give me a new one with new velvet, it's staying in my hand. I got a nasty rash last week when it was 30* outside and since then it's no longer being worn. The company and unisync are aware of the issue, and until ALPA presses them to fix the problem it will likely keep dragging on. Just like the pants.
By not properly wearing your uniform you're disrespecting the nearly 5000 others who do, and those who for 80 years have. To the others who have posted on this thread, sure, a more presentably dressed pilot isn't a 'better' pilot than the next guy to you, but to the public image matters. That 15 seconds you spend walking past all the passengers waiting to board your airplane is all they get to see of you, and then they put theirs in your hands, you can't tell me that the image you present isn't important.
The Air Canada brand pilot uniform, in my opinion, is one of the best in the industry. Meatservo, do you really think it's meant to bring pilots down a peg? If anything it elevates the pilots above every other employee, not to mention serve notice to everyone on board the aircraft who is in command. I did enjoy reading your post though FWIW.
A pilot with a beard still looks different to me because, it's still relatively new and still looks strange. However, I've seen some pilots with beard who look sharp, but others who look terrible. It's just like properly wearing the uniform, a big part of our brand as airline pilots is the image we present to the public while in the terminal.