Malaysian officials are calling for an airline outfit redesign to fear that the uniforms are too revealing.
Two Malaysian politicians have hit the crew uniforms of the local carriers Firefly, Malindo and AirAsia, saying their revealing designs can “awaken the passengers.”
Senator Abdullah Mat fifty years, and Senator Megat Zulkarnain Omardin urged the nation’s aviation commission to investigate the matter, while suggesting the airlines can consider redesigning the outfits, The Straits Times reported.
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“My wife is afraid when I fly only on Malindo or AirAsia,” Megat said during a session of the parliament. “This is a real hassle for me.”
Islam is the official religion of Malaysia, with about three-fifths of the population identify themselves as Muslim. Senator Abdullah said that the “distinctive outfits” of the airlines was not consistent with the Islamic values of the nation as a whole.
Flight attendants have long seen a review of their uniforms and their appearance, which often leads to accusations of sexism and objectification. Travel planning site Trippy faced backlash over a so-called “study” that ranked airlines by how attractive their flight attendants were. The site used composite images of the women of their Linkedin profiles and ranked on the basis of their attractiveness on a scale of 1 to 10.
The crew uniform has been discussed as inappropriate clothing in the predominantly Muslim country.
Navigate cultural norms in the Muslim countries was also a recurring theme when it comes to discussions about air crew uniforms. Air France asked flight attendants to wear head coverings and loose clothing on flights to Iran, in a memo, which led to outrage. The carrier’s union rejected the decision as “an attack on the freedom of conscience, and the Air France eventually gave in, saying that the Islam-friendly uniforms would be optional.
Other airlines have brought on a big name in the fashion designers to create unique, visually appealing uniforms. Zac Posen has designed a line of uniforms for the Delta, and the Chinese airline Hainan Airlines debuted their haute couture creations at Paris Couture Week in July.