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Absurd requirements for flight attendants: Go with the high heels and makeup

Female cabin crew with the airline Norwegian to go with the heels of minimum 2 inches, just as they also need to use makeup. Men, by contrast, do not use makeup, unless it is to cover pimples or bruises.

It appears by the airline's rules for the flight attendants, as derived from 1. april 2019. It writes the Norwegian newspaper

the Rules dictate how the flight attendants on the company's flights look like, and how their uniform should be.

Women should use shoes with heels a minimum of two centimeters. Have you, as a woman, want to use flat shoes, it requires a medical certificate, and must be updated every six years. Furthermore, you must at all times carry a copy of the declaration.

in Addition to the requirements for the footwear of the women, dictates the framework, also, that women should use makeup, either in the form of a foundation, cream color or powder. In addition, women should also use natural eye makeup, as they must use fake eyelashes, if it looks natural.

the Requirements for men are slightly different. They must not use makeup, only if it is to cover up the pimples or bruising, and men must not have long nails, use nail Polish or go with the earrings. Men's hair may be a maximum to the top of the skjortekraven.

As you might expect, not all, who think that the Norwegians requirements for their cabin crew is present. Among the critics is Ingrid Hødnebø, who is the leader of the Socialist Venstrepartis kvindeudvalg.

My immediate reaction is that it's almost comical that this is an issue in 2019. While the rest of society has moved on, sitting Norwegian stuck in the 'Mad men'-the universe from the '50's/'60-ies, she says to VG.

She considers that the requirements is both discriminatory and harmful to health.

- A rule, which oblige the women to go with high heels, is direct discrimination. Makeup has nothing with the employee's exports and a professional attitude to do, and discrimination cannot be scientifically justified, she says to VG and suggest that high heels can give health problems.

At Norwegian, they feel that the requirements is quite normal within the industry.

- Norwegians flying crew must follow uniformsreglementet. The uniform is neutral and unobtrusive, and yes, the votes that are subject to different requirements for men and women, when it comes to makeup, hair, etc. It is quite normally with other airlines, writes Astrid Mannion-Gibson, senior communications adviser at Norwegian, in an email response to VG.

- This was only a revision of the rules, we have had in a long time. The background is that kabineansatte even have wished for clearer guidelines. It is not something that has created big reactions in house by us, and the guidelines are prepared in co-operation with our kabineansatte. When it is said, so we go through like the guidelines again internally and make changes, if it is a desire among our kabineansatte globally. We wish of course not to offend or insult anyone with our uniformsreglement, she writes.

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