The hostesses have been successful. Air France will introduce “an exceptional device” to replace the drivers hostesses and women who will not make the Paris-Tehran in order not to be forced to wear the veil at the descent of the aircraft, Gilles has indicated Monday Gateau, HR Director of the airline. Air France will reopen from April 17, the Paris-Tehran suspended since 2008 following international sanctions against Iran.
“It’s been weeks that alert, but it took the hype to get things moving,” said Flora Arrighi, president of the Union of Seafarers of Civil Aviation (Unac ) Air France.
No obligation to make the flight to Tehran
The management of Air France is to meet with unions on Monday afternoon to present the device exceptional, “which will allow that any woman who would be affected on the flight from Paris to Tehran and that, for reasons of personal choice, refuse to wear headscarves at the exit of the plane, will be reassigned to another flight on another destination, would not be obliged to make this flight to Tehran, “he said.
Internally, a controversy arose after sending a memo from management “where we are asked to wear pants, long jacket and above to use the scarf in the uniform of our wearing veil on arrival in Tehran, “said Caroline Rolland, delegated CGT (unrepresentative among airmen).
Crews are obliged to respect the law of the country
“It is not Air France to decide on this matter,” explained Gilles Gateau, recalling that “crews are obviously obliged to respect the law of the country in which they are located.” “The principle, Air France as in all companies is that aircrews do not choose their destination. That said, there, although we see there is a particular problem, a special sensitivity” a- he acknowledged, adding that he had “been listening to these women and this sensitivity.”
However, for the other destinations served by Air France, “it can not be based in any case on volunteering”, including to Saudi Arabia where “there never was a difficulty in (this) kind, “said Gilles Gateau.