FLIGHT attendants for Asiana Airlines reportedly want to get rid of outdated uniform regulations that keep them in uncomfortable skirts.
The Asiana flight attendant’s union is filing a complaint to the National Human Rights Commission of Korea over the clothing gripes, CNN reports.
The airline – which flies between Sydney and Korea – has scored awards for its service, including the World’s Best Cabin Staff Award at the 2011 World Airline Awards, but staff say there has to be a balance between practicality and looks.
“We understand that we have a certain image to pursue, but we believe that the most important function of our uniform is to assist our passengers,” union head Kweon Soo-jeong said.
“We are not arguing to get rid of skirts altogether, but to give us the chance to choose and update outdated regulations.”
The crew are upset about rules dictating that female flight attendants cannot wear pants or glasses and forcing them to make sure their nails are always manicured.
“I hate wearing manicures all the time,” one cabin crew member, who wished to remain anonymous, told CNN.
An Asiana Airlines spokesperson said the current uniform is based on tradition.
“The uniform was designed based on hanbok, Korean traditional dress – women didn’t wear pants traditionally when they wore hanbok,” she said.
Korean Air, another local carrier, introduced pants for female crew when a similar outcry arose in 2005.