Qantas bars a musician from its Melbourne lounge for carrying Ugg boots

We all know the significance of comfy footwear when travelling, however in the event you go too informal, be warned that it may need repercussions. Joanne Catherall, vocalist with English band, The Human League, was shocked to be refused entry to the Qantas business lounge in Melbourne not too long ago for carrying boots that the airline considers are in violation of its “smart-casual” costume code.

Joanne Catherall of The Human League performs at Rewind Festival 2017. Image: Lorne Thomson/Redferns

The 55-year-old singer took to Twitter to complain that she wasn’t allowed entry to the lounge as she was carrying a pair of the favored sheepskin Ugg boots, whereas en path to Sydney for a gig on the State Theatre. Joanne tweeted: “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.”

The Qantas business lounge in Melbourne. Image: Qantas

Qantas responded by saying that it endeavours to stay constant and uphold its lounges’ costume tips. These state that “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. Our team will decline entry if some items of clothing are too casual or inappropriate. This includes, but is not limited to: thongs and bare feet; head-to-toe gym wear; beachwear (including board shorts); sleepwear (including Ugg boots and slippers); clothing featuring offensive images or slogans; revealing, unclean or torn clothing.”

Many customers took to Twitter to sentence the choice to categorise Uggs as sleepwear, because the boots are extraordinarily common as common, daywear apparel. The comfortable sheepskin boots have additionally sported by many celebrities, together with Beyoncé, Kate Moss, Salma Hayek, Britney Spears and Sarah Jessica Parker. Nonetheless, the message from Qantas is sort of clear: even award-winning band members usually are not welcome to enter Qantas lounges with Uggs on their toes.

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