The union representing Cathay Pacific’s flight attendants has called for the airline to redesign its uniforms, saying that the blouses are too short and the skirts are too tight. Says a representative, “We believe the company intentionally does this to make us look a bit sexier and to let the passenger see more.”
The representative says that she believes the new uniforms are tied to an apparent increase in sexual harassment incidents between passengers and flight staff. Calling out frequent flyer members, specifically:
“Some of the Marco Polo Club [frequent flier] members think they can do things to us because they are privileged and we somehow allow it. That is very bad. They think it is part of their privilege … Afterwards, they believe they can apologise and everything is settled.”
I can’t remember if I read that Marco Polo members get both double miles and sexual harassment privileges. Apparently they do not.
To its credit, Cathay Pacific says that is has already responded to complaints about the uniform: “We welcome feedback from the crew and certain modifications have also been made, including the length of the blouse and the tightness of the skirt…Crew are welcome to exchange their uniform any time if they feel the fit is not right.”
I have no idea what this all means.