In the 1990’s, we started adding a small red ribbon to every one of our jackets. The ribbon, which reads “Remove Before Flight,” has now become synonymous with the Alpha Industries brand. However, the story behind these iconic tags goes back much further.
For decades now, “Remove Before Flight” ribbons have been used as safety warnings to indicate that a device, such as a protective cover or a pin to prevent the movement of mechanical parts, is only used when the aircraft is on the ground. These warnings are of extreme importance and in some cases, non-removal of a labeled part has caused airplane crashes.
Usually a bright color like red or yellow, the tags are easy for pilots and ground crews to locate. As you can see from the pictures, the tags used on actual aircraft are much larger than the smaller version used on our jackets. Our tags are a testament to our heritage in military aviation.
The “Remove Before Flight” tags have also been a key aspect of numerous Alpha collaborations. Adding a tag and changing a material are just some of the things that we’ve done. For our collaboration with Public School New York that released last month, a longer flight tag was added that reads, “We Need Leaders.” Last fall, our collaboration with Marcelo Burlon featured a leather “County of Milan” flight tag. Check them out below!
Our “Remove Before Flight” tags are one of the most important aspects of our jackets. We hope you appreciate the history behind these tags as much as we do!