Putting aside how basic wearing Uggs makes you look, people love the boots because they’re warm and comfy. But did you know the fleece-lined boots will alsoprevent you from entering an airport lounge?
Yeah, we had no idea either.
The Human League singer Joanne Catherall learned about this unusual dress code violation after trying to enter a Qantas lounge at Melbourne Airport while wearing the boots.
Catherall was denied access to the airline’s business class lounge because the boots are considered sleepwear.
Boots… that you wear outside… are classified as sleepwear. We’d love to hear the reasoning behind this classification.
The singer took to Twitter to voice her frustration with the outrageous policy. A Qantas lounge staffer reportedly recommended she purchase new shoes at one of the airport’s shops in order to gain entry, adding further insult to injury.
Denied access @Qantas business class lounge in @Melair Melbourne Airport apparently Ugg (Australia) Boots are deemed sleepwear by the lady working there although no problem in any of the other lounges so far.Helpfully she suggested I go to one of the shops & purchase some shoes
— Joanne Human League (@Lubycat) December 14, 2017
Reasonable or not, Qantas’s lounge dress guidelines prohibit certain types of footwear and apparel such as flip flops (or “thongs,” if you’re Australian), beachwear, head-to-toe gymwear and sleepwear.
Looking at the airline’s illustrations, you can see a pair of Ugg-looking boots classified as sleepwear.
Catherall noted that she’s never been blocked from entering other airport lounges for wearing Uggs.
As outlined on the Qantas website, the dress code isn’t limited to Melbourne Airport; it applies to all of the airline’s domestic airport lounges:
To ensure an enjoyable experience when you’re visiting our domestic Qantas Clubs and Business Lounges in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, we ask that you follow our smart casual dress guidelines.
The company’s website further adds: “These guidelines are intended to create an environment that everyone can enjoy and we look forward to welcoming you into our lounges soon.”
We checked with several airline dress policies and can confirm some, but not all, ban Uggs from their lounges.
Another Twitter user chimed in with a similar experience when flying from Brisbane Airport:
I had exactly the same issue just last week in Brisbane Airport! If you pay for Business Class you should be able to travel in whatever you feel comfortable in – whatever footwear you choose to wear is not going to ruin other passengers travel experience!
— Louise Bell (@LouiseBell90) December 15, 2017
Banning Uggs from its lounges definitely sucks. It’s unlikely to change unless there’s widespread public outcry. Perhaps, Catherall’s unfortunate encounter could be the catalyst. We’ve reached out to Ugg for comment, so stay tuned.