Female crew members for British Airways have won the right to wear trousers at work. Since 2012, the airline has had a policy in place to make skirts mandatory for all female crew members hired since that year.
Crew have to wear what British Airways deem to be their ‘ambassador’ uniform which didn’t include a trouser option for women. You could ask for exemption on medical or religious grounds, but other than that, female crew members had to wear a skirt. Unite Union, who represent British Airways crew members said that 83% of the employees wanted the option to wear trousers. They cited a range of reasons for wanting to have the options, with some calling the mandatory dress code ‘sexist’ whilst others believed that the ability to wear trousers would be useful in a changing climate.
The change came about following a two year dispute between the Union and British Airways. A spokesperson for Unite Union said that British Airways was a modern airline with an old-fashioned attitude, and the turnaround in uniform policy shows that the Unite Union will not allow such issues to go ‘unchallenged’. They said that the decision meant that British Airways was ‘joining the 21st Century’.
Unfortunately, British Airways isn’t the only airline which made wearing skirts compulsory for female cabin crew. Virgin Atlantic, Etihad and Ryanair all have similar policies.
The news about the British Airways uniform policy comes as the airline have announced their first ever scheduled flights from London Stansted airport. The airline will be using the airport as its 4th base from the 28th of May. Routes will run between the airport and the likes of Palma, Ibiza, Faro and Malaga. It is said that the airline is attempting to compete with budget airlines by launching the new routes to affordable popular summer destinations. However, critics have said that the airline is ‘too focused’ on operating out of London and does not offer enough routes from regional airports.
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