Cabin crew fight for right to wear trousers

2013-02-06 14:14

South Korea's human rights commission has urged the country's second largest airline to abandon its policy of only permitting its female cabin crew to wear skirts.

The Telegraph reports that the 3400 female flight attendants at Asiana Airlines are currently banned from wearing trousers, while other rules outline how make-up should be worn, the acceptable length of earrings and the number of hair pins allowed. 

A ban on wearing glasses was overturned last month.

The Seoul-based airline - which operates 85 international routes and 14 domestic ones - refused to commit to any changes, but said it would review its dress code as part of future uniform redesigns. 

Asiana argues that its skirt-only policy improves the aesthetic appearance of its flight attendants, emphasising the company's brand of "high-class Korean beauty", and claims it is needed for the airline to stay competitive.

This comes in the wake of the French government revoking a 200-year-old law forbidding women to wear trousers in Paris. 

The Telegraph reports that the law required women to ask police for special permission to "dress as men" in Paris, or risk being taken into custody.

In 1892 and 1909 the rule was amended to allow women to wear trousers, "if the woman is holding a bicycle handlebar or the reins of a horse."

However, women who wear pants need no longer fear arrest as Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, France's minister of women's rights, made it officially impossible to arrest a woman for wearing trousers in the French capital on January 31 this year.

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