Saturday, 31 March 2018

Skirts-only rule for female staff at Cathay Pacific

The Hong Kong based airline, Cathay Pacific has agreed that female cabin crew can wear trousers after the carriers skirt only ruling ends.

Some members of the airline's cabin crew had complained that wearing short skirts had made them feel uncomfortable - especially when putting bags in overhead lockers or taking public transport travelling to and from work.  However,  many crews are still not happy at the news the airlines is ending its restriction on trousers, as the change will not happen until the airline next refreshes uniforms.

"We welcome and appreciate the company's decision on giving us an option in choosing uniforms," Pauline Mak, vice chair of the Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Flight Attendants Association said after the news was announced. Ms Mak said the policy change "not only provides us one more option but also provides us with protection".

Cathay Pacific has operated a skirts-only rule for female cabin crew since the airline first started, back in 1946. Many Flight attendants had requested a redesign of their workwear in 2014 - saying the skirts were too revealing and may provoke sexual harassment. 

The airline said uniforms would be re-evaluated for crew working for both its Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon carriers."Just as we recognise it is important to provide our customers with more choice, the same is also true for our colleagues," an airline spokesperson said, however, refused to give any indication of when a new uniform might take to the skies.