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Published on : Monday, February 8, 2016
The year 2016 brought a change in perspective towards the women flight attendants of British Airways. The airline which did not allow its cabin crew employees to wear anything other than skirts has finally given into the two year long dispute and agreed to change the dress code for its women employees.
The standard “ambassador” uniform was the dress code followed by the “mixed fleet” crew who flew to a combination of long and short haul destinations.
Majority of the crew members almost 83 of them preferred to wear pants for various reasons that included warmth and protection and by offering the employees a choice of dressing in either pants or skirts only shows that the airline is entering into an era of good sense.
“Female cabin crew no longer have to shiver in the cold, wet and snow of wintery climates, but also can be afforded the protection of trousers at destinations where there is a risk of malaria or the Zika virus,” said Unite spokesperson who supported the move brought about by the airways.
Since the 1930’s the tradition of flight attendants had been concentrated to a gender based employment. There was particular emphasis on the appearance of women and some airlines also imposed height and weight requirements for flight attendants. But in the last decades these rules were revised and it became illegal to discriminate based on race and sex and hiring procedures were revised where being attractive was no longer the most important requirement.
There are many airlines who maintain strict rules for women employees over their male counterparts. Women are barred from wearing pants on air while in several other states male lawmakers feel that female employees should maintain stricter dress code that covers more of their bodies to keep their male colleagues from getting distracted.