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It's fantastic that people are taking a stand against this forced cultural assimilation.

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[–] Broc_Lia 14 points 6 points (+20|-14) ago 

That was my first reaction, but they're only being required to wear the things when flying to Teheran, which is pretty reasonable. Would you argue that foreign employees should have a carte blanche not to follow local laws and customs in the country where they work?

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[–] Pm-me-your-boobs 2 points 41 points (+43|-2) ago 

Just try telling a Muslim to take off her headscarf when doing flights to America. That should work out fine

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Air France stewardesses mutiny over order to wear headscarves

David Chazan, Paris

2 April 2016 • 7:00pm

Air France stewardesses, furious at being ordered to wear headscarves in Tehran, say they will refuse to fly to the Iranian capital when the airline resumes the service later this month.

Female members of flight crews have been ordered to cover their hair once they disembark in Tehran and unions are demanding that the flights be made voluntary for women.

The resumption of a thrice-weekly service between Paris and Tehran, planned for April 17 after an eight-year break, follows a thaw in relations since Iran agreed to dismantle large sections of its nuclear programme.

Iranian women have been forced by law to cover their hair or face stiff fines since the 1979 Islamic revolution. In staunchly secular France, however, public signs of religion have been frowned upon since a 1905 law separating church and state.

French women see Islamic headscarves and veils as an affront to their dignity. Headscarves are banned in French state schools and offices, and it is illegal to wear the full-face Muslim veil in public.

Flore Arrighi, head of the UNAC flight crews’ union, said: “It is not our role to pass judgement on the wearing of headscarves or veils in Iran. What we are denouncing is that it is being made compulsory. Stewardesses must be given the right to refuse these flights.”

She added that female staff were entitled to exercise “individual freedoms”.

The financially ailing French airline, which sees the resumption of Tehran flights as an “excellent” business development, pointed out that other airline staff were obliged to comply with Iranian rules. “Tolerance and respect for the customs of the countries we serve are part of the values of our company,” a spokesman said.

In Saudi Arabia, stewardesses must wear the “abaya”, a long robe that covers the body, but unlike Saudi women they are not compelled to wear face veils.

Air France argued that French law allows “the restriction of individual liberties” if “justified by the nature of the task to be accomplished.”

The deputy head of the SNPNC flight crews’ union, Christophe Pillet, said: “Female staff do not wish to have dress regulations imposed on them, especially the obligation to wear an Air France scarf that completely covers their hair as soon as they leave the plane.”

Stewardesses normally have a choice between a uniform with a skirt or trousers, but they have been instructed to wear a long jacket and trousers on Tehran flights.

Mr Pillet said flight crews were prepared to wear headscarves in Iran when out of uniform, but objected to being ordered to wear them as part of their uniform.

Unions want Tehran flights to be made voluntary without penalties for staff, deductions from wages or consequences for their careers.

Another union representing flight crews, UNAC, has written to the minister for women’s rights and families, Laurence Rossignol, complaining about the headscarf order.

Ms Rossignol, who describes herself as “a feminist with a modern vision of the family”, was herself embroiled in a row over headscarves last month prompted by Marks and Spencer’s decision to sell the burkini, or full body swimsuit. Women who wear veils or Islamic headscarves, she said, were like “negroes who supported slavery”.

Françoise Redolfi of the UNSA union said Air France had told staff it was restoring rules that applied before 2008, when Air France discontinued flights to Iran as the country’s relations with western nations deteriorated over concerns that it was seeking to develop nuclear weapons.

“The general environment now is much more sensitive,” she said. “Many female members of flight crews have informed us that it is out of the question that they be obliged to wear headscarves. It is not professional and they see it as an insult to their dignity.”


I salute the Stewards and Stewardesses that have chosen to present their middle finger to the craven capitalist willingness to cave in to any demand that Muslim barbarians make. Hasn't Western society given Muslim societies all over the world JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING they have? Yes..

The time has come to isolate and ridicule those that choose to follow Islam. Islam should no longer be accepted in this world. It is an affront and a threat to the moral advancement of human kind. Enough! Stop pandering to this evil religion.

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[–] sillymanilly 0 points 24 points (+24|-0) ago 

It's coming. Their demands are never ending. They understand a punch to the face that is their culture. Once the west punches them in the head a few times they will stop this bullshit.

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[–] jeegte12 1 points 16 points (+17|-1) ago 

how about egalitarian? people are so terrified of that word for some reason.

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[–] microlyfe 0 points 15 points (+15|-0) ago 

It moves the concept away from the oppreshon narrative.

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[–] novictim [S] 1 points 11 points (+12|-1) ago  (edited ago)

I love that word. It is a great word. Women's rights are just human rights.

the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is entirely in opposition to Islam in its core principles.

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[–] 100011 5 points 15 points (+20|-5) ago 

France needs to ban all religious clothing and if the Muslims complains i would tell them right to their faces it's a security issue because Religious people cannot be trusted .

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[–] 100011 4 points 10 points (+14|-4) ago 

To me it doesn't matter what religion you're talking about . The entire work place should be religion free .

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[–] SirFoxx 4 points 8 points (+12|-4) ago 

Not a lot but I can remember a ton of child abuse cases within their communities and violence against women.

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[–] Ah_Pook 4 points 14 points (+18|-4) ago 

If unions didn't exist, they wouldn't have any say in this.

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[–] novictim [S] 4 points 8 points (+12|-4) ago  (edited ago)

That message needs to heard far more than it is.

Unions were the force that built the Western Middle Class. As they decline, the economy declines.

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[–] Samchay6 2 points 13 points (+15|-2) ago 

Unions want Tehran flights to be made voluntary without penalties for staff, deductions from wages or consequences for their careers.

Since most flight attendants are either women or gay men, they should also push for hazard pay when traveling these dangerous backward countries.

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[–] novictim [S] 1 points 6 points (+7|-1) ago 

Ok, I am willing to support the gender fluid Stewards to cross dress on these flights to Islamic countries.

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[–] ShowMeYourKitties 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I read that as "gender fleward steward".

Ahh, hangovers.

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[–] HamathaMcBeetusButt 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

Good, so sick of Islam demanding we all bend to it. Fuck the lot of those child raping terrorists.

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[–] novictim [S] 2 points 8 points (+10|-2) ago  (edited ago)

I think that these acts of defiance against religious tyranny from Islam are probably much more common than it seems but they just are not reported on so they don't become the "News".

The MSM is trying to craft a narrative of Islam being something cute and cuddly but the good news is that you and I and many millions of people just are not falling for that lie.

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