This Airline's Pilots are Dropping Their Caps, But Not For Fresh Air
Both male and female Pilots at KLM Royal Dutch Airline and its subsidiary, KLM Cityhopper will stop wearing their caps with effect from 1 January 2018.
According to KLM, it no longer sees any added value in pilots wearing caps. Besides, the decision will give pilots a more modern and accessible appearance.
Pilots have worn caps since the earliest days of KLM’s existence. Over the years, the style and look of the cap has changed to suit the fashion of the day.
This decision to drop caps is not exclusive to KLM, some other airlines have either done away with the cap, which traditionally formed part of the uniform, or they have come up with alternatives.
After 1 January, 2018, KLM Pilots may keep their caps or donate them to 'Stichting Hoogvliegers', a foundation which offers seriously sick and handicapped children a chance to be pilot for a day.