The “Remove before flight” tag has become the trademark of Alpha Industries as it is used on nearly every jacket since the 1990’s.

The story behind these iconic RBF tags started far back in the history: In aviation or spacecraft, the red ribbons are used in a much larger version than the ones on our jackets as safety warnings on removable aircraft components, such as protective covers which prevent the movement of mechanical parts or control locks and are only used temporary when the aircraft is on the ground.


Forgetting to remove these ribbons could cause airplane crashes, so within every pre-flight check the pilots have to ensure all temporary covers are removed.

The ribbon, which says “Remove before flight” can be find on nearly every Alpha jacket, but is also printed on our T-Shirts and Sweaters.

Mostly it’s red but we have also created several special versions of the RBF Tag in the past within various collaborations.