Air France flight attendants protest mandatory headscarf rule

Published April 4th, 2016 - 04:21 GMT
Air France employees on strike at Charles de Gaulle Airport in October 2015. (Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard, AFP)
Air France employees on strike at Charles de Gaulle Airport in October 2015. (Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard, AFP)

 

Female flight attendants for Air France are reportedly up in arms over new rules governing their dress code on flights from Paris to Tehran. 

Air France announced that its female staff would be required to wear pants during the flight, and to don headscarves and "loose fitting jackets" when they deplane in Tehran. A spokesman for a union representing the Air France stewardesses told Agence France Presse (AFP) on Saturday that some of the stewardesses were upset over the requirement.

"Every day we have calls from worried female cabin crew who tell us that they do not want to wear the headscarf," the union spokesman, Christophe Pillet, told the French news agency. 

Air France told AFP that the rule was in place because Iranian law requires women to cover their hair when in public. The company said all other airlines who fly to Tehran have the same requirement, and moreover that Air France flight attendants who work the airline's Saudi Arabia flights are already required to do the exact same thing. 

Air France stopped running flights from Paris to Tehran in 2008 as part of international sanctions against the Islamic nation, but announced it would resume flying the route after the nuclear deal was reached last year between Iran and world powers.

Paris to Tehran flights will resume on April 17. 

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