Rabat - Air France announced that female flight attendants must wear a headscarf and long-sleeved jackets and pants on arrival in Iran’s capital Tehran.
Rabat – Air France announced that female flight attendants must wear a headscarf and long-sleeved jackets and pants on arrival in Iran’s capital Tehran.
After the airline decided to restart its flights to the Iranian capital on 17 April, Air France management circulated a note last week asking female staff to wear trousers on the route and put on a headscarf when they leave the plane.
The decision upset some female staff crew members, as well as the National Union of Flights Attendants, who expressed their objection to the requirement.
The union representing crew members said that they worried that females would face discipline if they refused to work the flight.
After staff and unions challenged the airline’s request, Air France decided to let female crew members opt out of flights to Tehran.
Union leaders accused Air France of forcing its employees to wear clothes that are an “ostentatious religious sign” that go against French law.
Ahead of the meeting with the union leaders, Gilles Gateau, Air France’s human resources director, said, “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 said that the headscarf rule is already in place for flights to Saudi Arabia. The requirement was also in place on the Tehran route before it was suspended in 2008.
In France, religious headscarves are not allowed in some schools and offices, while wearing the full-faced veil in public is against the law.