Female cabin crew on Cathay Pacific have won the right to wear trousers after the airline ended its 70-year-old rule stating they must wear skirts.
The Hong Kong flag carrier had the regulation challenged by the flight attendants’ union after some staff had complained about their uniform. Today it was revealed that the airline would be re-evaluating its cabin crew outfits.
This happened after the Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Flight Attendants Association said many female colleagues expressed concern over wearing short skirts. It was claimed they were especially uncomfortable wearing the skirts when putting passengers’ luggage into overhead compartments and also when taking public transport when off duty.
Pauline Mak, vice chair of the union, told AFP: ‘We welcome and appreciate the company’s decision on giving us an option in choosing uniforms. ‘It not only provides us one more option, but also provides us with protection.’ Ms Mak said the change would take place during the next uniform refresh, which is expected to be in three years’ time at the earliest.
Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon said: ‘Just as we recognise it is important to provide our customers with more choice, the same is also true for our colleagues.’
It comes as the #Metoo movement on social media has empowered women to stand up against sexual harassment and encourage them to ask for proper protection in the workplace and everyday life.
In 2014, Cathay Pacific flight attendants also requested a redesign of their uniforms because they were too revealing and may provoke sexual harassment.
Meanwhile, earlier this year, a passenger complained about the new Air Asia uniforms saying they were too short and she could see the ladies’ underwear.