Sleeping on flights: pyjamas vs underwear or shorts only

By CityRail | Dec 10, 2018, 10:27 PM
I am travelling out on long haul this week and am flying on Business Cabin with 1-2-1 Lie Flat Bed layout.
I want to utilise the lie flat bed to sleep during the flight but I am concerned that wearing a shirt and trousers will be uncomfortable to sleep.
I wonder if it is legal to wear pajamas, or if not just underwear with shorts to sleep with blanket covering most parts of the body?
Is it illegal even if flying with business class/suites with private doors?
I understand this wouldn't be possible to fly on Economy or Premium Economy but having little experience on Business I want some advice on this.
I am flying on VA and later on MH and possible LA/SQ later on.
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By djtech | Dec 10, 2018, 11:24 PM
I am travelling out on long haul this week and am flying on Business Cabin with 1-2-1 Lie Flat Bed layout.
I want to utilise the lie flat bed to sleep during the flight but I am concerned that wearing a shirt and trousers will be uncomfortable to sleep.
I wonder if it is legal to wear pajamas, or if not just underwear with shorts to sleep with blanket covering most parts of the body?
Is it illegal even if flying with business class/suites with private doors?
I understand this wouldn't be possible to fly on Economy or Premium Economy but having little experience on Business I want some advice on this.
I am flying on VA and later on MH and possible LA/SQ later on.
Thank you.

They definitely allow pajamas, but for not fully clothed, some airlines may be against it. If you keep it discreet, it would be fine. It is not illegal as far as I know, however, some conservative airlines such as Saudia require you to be fully clothed.
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By Lost_in_SIN | Dec 10, 2018, 11:29 PM
Yes you can wear pajamas - I'd probably stick to something very basic and comfortable like track pants and a t-shirt so that it's less revealing as you go from the bathroom to your seat. You will often see seasoned travellers quickly change before departure into something comfortable.

I'm not sure about illegal but I'd certainly recommend wearing more than underwear and shorts if you're planning to sleep out of respect for other passengers..... and to avoid going viral.
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By whoppersandwich | Dec 10, 2018, 11:35 PM
No one will judge you, just do whatever’s comfortable ;)
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By airADL | Dec 11, 2018, 12:36 AM
I quite often wear shorts and my own t shirt top that I am more comfortable in.
I have never been asked to wear the pjs provided only.

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By chillybags | Dec 11, 2018, 07:00 AM
I slept in just underwear recent overnight flight in F on emirates a380. Completely closed suites so I didn’t fee unconfortable. Perks of flying first I guess!
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By Anna80 | Dec 11, 2018, 07:25 AM
Wear whatever you want, or don't want, within reason. I find many PJs are too warm by the time I am under the blanket and also allowing for warm cabin temperatures, so although I change into PJs in the loo, once under the blanket I slip them off.
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By Uqsthom6 | Dec 11, 2018, 07:55 AM
This is the first thing I do once the seat belt sign goes off on an overnight j leg. Straight into pj’s. In saying that they are winter ones with a shirt. I always find it cold. I know that SQ don’t care.
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By Rufus1 | Dec 11, 2018, 08:29 AM
Illegal to wear pyjamas? Ha! You should see what people are wearing down my local Woollies...
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By elchriss0 | Dec 11, 2018, 08:59 AM
No one will judge you, just do whatever’s comfortable ;)
but what if they're a nudest?

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By elchriss0 | Dec 11, 2018, 09:02 AM
I usually only fly for leisure so mostly travel with either chinos or cargo shorts in summer and a t-shirt and just sleep in those.
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By MRYJDrake | Dec 11, 2018, 09:11 AM
Tshirt and Basketball shorts for me. loose. comfortable.
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By CityRail | Dec 11, 2018, 09:36 AM
Thank you very much for your comments. I was always thinking you need to wear shirt and trousers when travelling on Business.
In that case I will bring a football shorts to sleep then.
Does Virgin give out PJs for international long haul?
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By StuParr | Dec 11, 2018, 09:50 AM
The other day in NZ J I had a gentleman who went to sleep in tailored shorts. I personally wouldn't be putting on boxer shorts etc, I'd either use full length PJ's or some comfortable shorts and a t-shirt that you would be happy to be seen in outside of the house.
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By Briggo | Dec 11, 2018, 10:09 AM
No footy shorts & no Peter Alexander type PJs. All the fast fashion stores - Uniqlo etc do cheapish grey marl. Or use it as an excuse to throw out that old trackie you don't wear anymore. Put it on wehn you hop on the plane & leave it behind when you arrive at the destination.
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By sgb | Dec 11, 2018, 10:52 AM
I'm not keen in getting into PJ's or just shorts and T's for sleeping on any aircraft, it's the just in case scenario, a bit like kicking shoes and socks off, no thanks, I'd sooner be ready, just in case... My brother is a QF Pilot, and commends my approach for safety over comfort. I think you can sleep OK in a relaxed style of clothing and loafers at least as minimal footwear.
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