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Does The Way You Dress At The Airport Really Matter?

Updated on February 25, 2018
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I am a dental student in my 3rd year and someone who has had dark circles all her life.

Yes, It does.

Are you one of those people who follow all the celebrities and their latest airport styles? What they wear, how they carry it so easily? So you wonder if its really that easy to be that dressed up on long flights? Well, then this one is for you.

We all won't be as comfortable as we can on long flights, wear our favourite pyjamas, tie our hair into the messiest bun and not bother with any kind of makeup at all. After all sitting in a chair for 14 hours is not ideal for anyone.

But often times in life we have to make a decision: Be stopped by the airport security at every checkpoint and have them open your bag to prove you're not carrying any explosives or pass through the airport security, keeping your dignity and self-respect and have a somewhat uncomfortable flight later. Which one would you choose? Well, I chose the later.


I think you should dress nicely for airports. You're surrounded by people coming from all walks of life. You should look your best.

— Casey Neistat

My Personal Experience

My Flight to Sydney

On my recent trip to Australia, as it was my first time travelling alone I was all hyped up. I knew I had to look good for the pictures so I dolled up as much as I could. I wore my favourite skinny jeans, a pretty top, Straightened my hair and did my makeup. What I didn't know about was the extremely long flight ahead of me and what it would do to me.

This is how my journey started. It was 2 am and I had my flight at 5 am. My father dropped me off at the airport at 3 am and well I had to wait at the airport. 1 hour later sitting in the seat in the lounge I was half asleep and that is where things started to get ugly. Another hour passed and the boarding started. I was relieved, somehow managed to gather myself and proceeded to my seat on the plane. All this while I had an uneasy feeling like something was missing and that is when I realized I had left my hand carry in the airport lounge. Great start to an awfully long adventure.

Anyway cut short to 17 hours later and 2 very uncomfortable flights I reached Sydney with the messiest hair, eyeliner all smudged up and unable to walk due to the lack of circulation in my legs- thanks to my jeans.

My Flight Back

However, on my return flight, I decided to be as comfortable as I could have. This time, I was travelling with my brother. My brother was dressed up in a proper dress shirt with his coat and dress pant. I, on the other hand, was as sloppy as I could have been. Hair in a low bun, wearing my brother's old hoody with my comfortable pyjamas and for some reason, I decided to wear my long boots with that- disaster.

You know what happened next? I was stopped at every checkpoint and taken aside for separate checking. I was asked to open my bag every time, my passport was rechecked and I was asked questions. If all that wasn't enough I was also asked to take off my boots every time to show them that I was not hiding something in them. Whilst all of this was happening, my properly dressed brother passed through all the checkpoints without any kind of hindrance. Great.


When checking in at an airport, no matter how rude the check-in person is to you, always smile and be nice because you don't know what kind of day they've had. You are going on holiday and they're stuck wherever they are. Be nice to them because they can re-route your baggage to wherever they feel like.

— Ross Kemp

Airport Tips

So guys, if there is some advice that I can give you if this is your first time travelling alone is:
a) Dress respectably, don't give them a chance to doubt you.

b) Do not wear long boots, unless you want to take them off every five minutes.

c) Do not wear skinny jeans, as you don't get a lot of exercise on a long flight, so it might affect your circulation.

d) Most importantly be confident and have a good attitude.

Have a good attitude.
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This was my experience. What about you?

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© 2018 Saniya Aamir


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      Samatha 7 weeks ago

      Love the article. Thanks Saniya!

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      Saniya Aamir 8 weeks ago from Karachi

      Thanks, Gregory! Glad to know

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      Gregory DeVictor 8 weeks ago from Squirrel Hill, PA

      Thanks for a very unique topic and article. I have been focusing a lot recently on a not-to-distant airport visit and you clarified a lot of uncertainty for me.

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      Saniya Aamir 2 months ago from Karachi

      Thank you so much Cynthia! Means alot.

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      Cynthia 2 months ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Welcome to Hubpages Saniya! I love how you have built humour and your own experience into this article that really does offer some excellent practical tips on how to dress for traveling. All the best, Cynthia