By Erika Owen
February 09, 2016
British Airways
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After a two-year battle, British Airways crewmembers will all have the option to don a pair of trousers, should they choose. The dress code was enforced for any new recruit joining the team after 2012, with situational medical and religious exceptions. But it wasn't just the ladies who felt the decision was long overdue: The crew union, Unite, shared that 83 percent of total members were for the amendment.

While this is surely a giant step forward in terms of in-flight comfort, this is also an improvement in safety. Matt Smith, a regional officer from Unite, shares more on the subject in a statement to Pulse: "Not only is the choice to wear trousers a victory for equality it is also a victory for common sense and testament to the organizing campaign of our members," he says. "Female cabin crew no longer have to shiver in the cold, wet and snow of wintery climates, but also can be afforded the protection of trousers at destinations where there is a risk of malaria or the Zika virus.”

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.