Japanese budget airline Skymark Airlines eared the ire of its labor union for its decision to uniform its female crew members with super short skirts. The new design, reminiscent of the swinging sixties look, is barely enough to cover the crew’s legs, which has invited criticisms that it could lead to sexual harassment.
The airline, which unveiled the plan to use Airbus A330-300 aircrafts on its Haneda-Fukuoka flights, also launched the new uniforms as part of a campaign. But the Japan Federation of Cabin Attendants opposed the new look, saying “We’re concerned that the design of this uniform may cause problems,” which they mention could encourage sexual harassment. “The airline is saying the uniform is meant to attract more customers, but this shows the company is treating women like a commodity,” the group further stressed. Flight attendants’ responsibilities include kneeling and reaching up high areas, and concern over them not being able to properly perform their duties due to leering stares, and possibly even upskirt video recordings, were posted on the union’s website.
The airline management, however, dismissed the union’s accusation and claimed the use of the uniform is only temporary to promote the new flights using the Airbus A330. Skymark president Shinichi Nishikubo told reporters last week that the company will not “impose the uniforms on any cabin attendant who refuse to wear it.” Further adding, “It is disappointing that the outfit designed in part for the ad campaign is being seen in a distorted way.”
[via Raw Story]