Airline lipstick ban has more to it than keeping attendants looking 'natural'

Airline lipstick ban has more to it than keeping attendants looking 'natural', A major airline has put a red lipstick ban into place for the flight attendants and they've also banned red nail polish. Turkey's national airline has stirred up some major controversy with this ban among secular Turks.

According to Yahoo News on May 3, 2013, secular Turks are worried that the country is becoming more Islamic. This is to the contrary the airline claims. Banning the bright red cosmetics is just about consistency among the flight attendants mode of dress, as the company wants them to appear more natural. This in turn is supposed to make them more approachable to the passengers.

Turkish Airlines, which is Europe's fourth-biggest carrier, claims the ban is to keep their attendants “well-groomed with makeup in pastel tones.” They also said that a “natural look improved communications with passengers." This is the statement released by the airline describing why red is too bright of a color for the attendants to wear:

"As a consequence of our current cabin uniforms not including red, dark pink, et cetera, the use of lipstick and nail polish in these colors by our cabin crew impairs visual integrity."

It sounds as if the company just wants to keep colors coordinated across the board. This is not the case claims Atilay Aycin, president of the airline's Hava-Is labor union. He said:

"This new guideline is totally down to Turkish Airlines management's desire to shape the company to fit its own political and ideological stance."

The guideline also sets forth other restrictions on employees' appearance and on serving alcohol. This is another reason that the labor union worries that the company is shaping up to fit its own political stance.


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