Turkish Airlines Crew Can’t Wear Red Lipstick, Nail Polish

Secular Turks worry the new policy is a sign that the country has become more conservative ideologically

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Turkish Airlines now prohibits crew members from wearing lipstick and nail polish in colors like red and “dark pink,” perhaps in an effort to make the dress code for flight attendants more modest. Europe’s fourth biggest airline emphasized its preference for a more “natural” look in a statement to CNN:

According to the generally accepted practices, personnel who work in the services sector are preferred to be artless and well groomed with a make-up in pastel tones.

Hava-Is, the union that represents Turkish civil-aviation workers, says the ban is a blatant political move. “This new guideline is totally down to Turkish Airlines management’s desire to shape the company to fit its own political and ideological stance,” Atilay Aycin, president of Hava-Is, told Reuters. “No one can deny that Turkey has become a more conservative, religious country.” Though 99% of Turkey’s population is Muslim, the country has a secular constitution.

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Flight attendants are also can’t have platinum blond hair. Earlier this year, recently leaked photos of a redesigned flight attendant uniform — featuring skirts below the knees and Ottoman-style fez caps — also sparked controversy.

Likewise, the airline no longer serves alcohol to most domestic destinations or on routes to Islamic countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran and Mauritania.

15 comments
Patriot202
Patriot202

Well if you are a server in US, you cant put lipstick or wear miniskirt too...

THY is not state run company time :) state own 70% but it is publicly traded company. I guess you dont have any stock and you attack it :)  good luck :)

terencegalter
terencegalter

is there a better sight than a generously scented gorgeous air hostess arrayed in pink or red lip gloss and nail varnish wafting up and down the isle of an aircraft i dont think so.

Blueling
Blueling

Each airline has its rules for employee presentation, even the one I work, which is an European airline has its rules. We are only allowed pink or red nail polish and lipstick, no piercings or tattoos visible, skirt under the knee and no beard for men. It's a company rule for more professional look and has nothing to do with politics as my country is fortunately one where people are allowed to have personal freedom to wear what they want and do what they want. If you're not OK with the company's rules you're free to look for another job.

zarko.zachary
zarko.zachary like.author.displayName 1 Like

I lived in Ankara Turkey for a year, and I found it quite westernized and friendly. There were scores of beautiful girls there, and I gambled at the Dedeman Hotel Casino every weekend. The best dance club in Turkey was in downtown Ankara, called Dispomania. And if you wanted to hang out in a British style pub, all you had to do was jump in a cab and tell them to take you to "Marilyn Monroe's."

Most bars only served two kinds of beer (Efes and Tuborg) and no hard liquor - but if you were military or a DoD civilian, you could get anything you want at the Class 6 store on base or at the US Embassy.

Turkey is a beautiful country, and the people are great. They have wonderful beaches, and gorgeous mountains. It is not a barren desert - and most of the people are not Islamic zealots.

aall55
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Turkey is NOT considered as Europe. 

Geographically it is Euroasia, even though the term includes the word Euro. , it is Not Europe as generally understood.

Specially to Europeans , we never look at Turkey as part of our denomination. It has ramifications in its perceived culture , religion...etc...

Patriot202
Patriot202

@aall55  we? are you the new EU President? :)


Cyprus is next to syria and it is in Union. how does that happen?

Milwaukeedude
Milwaukeedude

Not true, You just think this way, get some history and geography books! learn some Balkanian culture!

cpc65
cpc65 like.author.displayName 1 Like

I guess I'll take that Asian airline where they dress like strippers.

TeriWolfe
TeriWolfe

Pastel, huh? There goes my idea for black lipstick and nails!!!  ;)

But what about natural blondes?

SuhailShafi
SuhailShafi like.author.displayName 1 Like

Since when is pastel coloured lipstick Islamist ?

jorgerodriguezn
jorgerodriguezn like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 3 Like

Cultural codes are powerful and should be respected, None was bothered when the sort-pant-long-boots-cowgirl southwest airlines stewardess worked in the 70´s emulating the playboy bunnies...every culture has a point of view and there are no rights or wrongs...

Lalala
Lalala

@jorgerodriguezn  So we should consider blatant oppression as simply being "cultural?" Seriously! Hitler and Stalin would've loved you.

Patriot202
Patriot202

@Sabrina @jorgerodriguezn oppression? did you experience  oppression in Turkey or what? or you just read mainstream media news?.... take a thy ticket and fly to turkey sabrina.

jorgerodriguezn
jorgerodriguezn

@Sabrina @jorgerodriguezn Dear Sabrina: insulting and victimizing yourself is not the best for developing a conversation. being proactive takes listening and having an open mind for real. Frequently the most cruel oppressor is oneself.