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Is there ever an advantage to dressing up for a long-haul flight (by that I mean more than 8 hours or so, and particularly international)?

It used to be that everybody who flew dressed up; those days are long gone. And if I am going to be on a plane for 12 hours or more, I certainly want to be comfortable. But are there situations one might encounter, especially when traveling internationally, in which being dressed up (e.g., coat & tie for a man, a nice dress or skirt for a lady) is beneficial?

For example, I have read that in the past (not so sure about the present) being nicely dressed made upgrades from coach to business or first more likely. With so many elite-level FFs I'm not sure true that is. But that's not quite what I meant.

I was thinking more of dealing with situations like canceled flights or missing luggage, or special requests that might be out of the ordinary. Or even things like is a well-dressed person more likely to have an overweight bag "forgiven" than a casually-dressed one?

Are there certain airlines and/or regions of the world where this is more true than others?

(Of course—and I might be wrong—I would think a person who is casually dressed, even in shorts or sweats, but is calm and polite is likely to be treated better than a well-dressed person who is rude and obnoxious. I suppose there could be places where that is, unfortunately, not true.)

Just curious.

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