SKorean cabin crew fight skirt-only dress code

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 6, 2013 at 8:55 am •  Published: February 6, 2013
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Asiana is the only South Korean airline with a no-trouser rule for its female flight attendants.

Even though the company did not openly ban specific hairstyles, all but four of its female flight attendants wore their hair in a tight bun because of pressure from senior crew and a group evaluation system that examines appearance, said Kweon Soo-joung, head of Asiana's labor union.

Kweon said Asiana's meticulous rules for female cabin crew reached 10 pages, including a ban on wearing glasses, having to cover up facial blemishes, and requirements for the length of earrings and the amount of eye liner. About 200 male flight attendants had to conform to a 2-page guide and were allowed to wear glasses, she said.

Asiana said it eased appearance rules for its female employees as of January, including allowing glasses.

"I hope the decision would help change similar discriminatory rules that govern how women in service industries, such as hotels, dress and do their hair and makeup," Kweon said.