EgyptAir hostesses demand right to wear hijab

A number of EgyptAir flight attendants on Thursday organized a protest outside the Egyptian state TV headquarters, known as the Maspiro building, in Cairo to demand the right to wear the hijab (veil) at work.

In a statement, the flight attendants said that company officials were ignoring their demands despite ongoing protests since July.

Meanwhile, a committee set up by the Egyptian Civil Aviation Ministry failed to end the dispute following negotiations with the flight attendants in August. The protestors blamed EgyptAir officials for the failure.

In August, Head of EgyptAir’s Holding Company Hussein Masoud said that changing the company’s uniforms would take time and that “it was not easy,” as different factors had to be considered in order to design a uniform suitable for the hijab.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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