Employees at Air France are saying they will not travel to Iran after being told they must wear Islamic headscarves while in Tehran.
The union is demanding that the flights only be voluntary for women and say making employees wear headscarves violates their “individual freedoms”.
According to Breitbart, the flights to the Iranian capital were paused since 2008 as part of sanctions designed to curb its nuclear ambitions. Because that worked out so well. Thanks, Obama.
Women in Iran are told they must cover their hair or face fines. Meanwhile in France, Islamic coverings such as the niqab are banned from public.
Flore Arrighi, head of the UNAC flight crews’ union said, “It is not our role to pass judgement on the wearing of headscarves or veils in Iran. What we are denouncing is that it is being made compulsory. Stewardesses must be given the right to refuse these flights.”
Christophe Pillet of the SNPNC union said that company chiefs sent out a memo telling female staff they must “wear trousers during the flight with a loose fitting jacket and a scarf covering their hair on leaving the plane.”
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He added that there could be penalties for anyone who refuses to observe the dress code.
Air France told AFP News Agency that air crew are, “obliged like other foreign visitors to respect the laws of the countries to which they travelled.”
“Iranian law requires that a veil covering the hair be worn in public places by all women on its territory. This obligation, which does not apply during the flight, is respected by all international airlines which fly to Iran,” it added.
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The rules regarding Islamic headscarves were in effect back in 2008 before the flights to Iran were paused.
“The general environment now is much more sensitive,” Françoise Redolfi of the UNSA union said.
“Many female members of flight crews have informed us that it is out of the question that they be obliged to wear headscarves. It is not professional and they see it as an insult to their dignity.”