Do you have to cover your tattoo if you work as a flight attendant in Australia?

It is estimated that:

1 in 5 Australians has a tattoo
1 in 5 (19%) Australians has one or more tattoos. And with females, it is almost 1 in 4 (24%).

Despite this fact, there are still some jobs which you just can't get if you have a visible and unconcealed tattoo.

One of these industries is the airline industry - particularly if you are a flight attendant. Each carrier has its own policy so if you have a tattoo and you've decided you want to become a flight attendant - here's some good information for you.

Here's the lowdown:


"Customer-facing Qantas staff including cabin crew are required to cover tattoos when in uniform"," Qantas said in a statement. (The key here is the tattoos just need to be covered...just sayn...)



According to this article, Jetstar has measures in place with its uniform policy to allow for specific cultural traditions, though its statement didn't specify what those measures were. 

On their career portal, however, the requirements are:

We looking for Cabin Crew who are:

  • Experienced in customer services & comfortable selling
  • Physically fit with a good attendance record in your current position
  • Over 18 years of age
  • An Australian Citizen or hold Permanent Residency Status
  • Fluent in English (both written and spoken)
  • Prepared to work unsociable hours – that’s any day of the year, at any time including weekends
  • Ready to meet the challenge of dealing with people and demanding situations
  • The ability to work under pressure and coordinate multiple time-sensitive issues
  • Of professional appearance. This includes attire, skin, teeth, nails, personal grooming, no visible tattoos or body piercing (1 earring per ear is okay)