Air France Flight Attendants Can Opt Out of Routes Due to Uniform Rules
Photo courtesy of Air France
Female flight attendants working for Air France who objected to a new rule that would require them to wear headscarves during trips between Paris to Tehran, Iran will now be permitted to opt out of flying the route.
According to BBC.com, Air France will once again begin service between Paris and Tehran on April 17, and to prepare for the route, the airline sent a message to female flight attendants asking them to wear trousers and a headscarf when outside the plane.
Representatives for the flight attendants union initially asked the company to relax the rules, but Air France human resources director Gilles Gateau released the following statement about the compromise by both parties:
“We're going to present them with an opt-out clause for any female employee affected on the Paris-Tehran route. If, for personal reasons, they don't want to wear the headscarf when they leave the plane, they would be reassigned to another destination.”
Air France officials also pointed out that the uniform rules have also applied to the airline’s routes to Saudi Arabia and Iran, before the flights to Tehran were suspended in 2008. Both Saudi Arabia and Iran expect women to wear headscarves in public.
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