As a mentor I’m generally the guy answering questions but for a change I’d like to ask one. Before I do I want to preface by saying I’m not bashing or criticizing I’m honestly just curious?
So the other day I was traveling to NY to visit family and had to 2 leg it through ORD. While waiting for my connection I couldn’t help but notice the majority of RJ pilots were dressed pretty casual (I’m based in HNL where we have no Regionals for comparison). None had hats or blazers and most were wearing fleeces, North Face jackets or even hoodies. Flight cases are gone too due to the use of tablets. If it wasn’t for the fact I was looking and can “smell” my own kind you wouldn’t know they were pilots. Now back in the day I can remember vividly the pride I felt when I first put on my uniform and I still enjoy the smiles and nods I get walking through the terminal and the occasional “ooooooh that’s the pilot” from the young children. Call it ego but it’s an aspect of the job I enjoy and I’m certain I’m not the only one. So my question is why the change? It definitely more prevalent amongst the younger pilots so it’s you I’m asking. Is it rebellion? I quest for individuality? Comfort? Too much bother? Don’t like/need the recognition? Again I’m honestly not bashing just asking? Thoughts?