Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has asked the cabin crew to dress properly and that they must wear undergarments.
Wearing undergarments has been declared a must for cabin crew in the new guidelines issues on dress code. National carrier claims lack of better attire by the flight attendants is leaving a bad impression and portrays a negative image of PIA.
“It has been observed with great concern that a few cabin crew tend to dress casually while traveling intercity, staying in hotels and visiting various suffices. Such dressing leaves a poor impression on the viewer and portrays a negative image of not only the individual but also of the organization,” an internal instruction memo by General Manager Flight Services Aamir Bashir read.
Bashir has asked the cabin crew to dress properly in formal plain clothes over proper undergarments. “The clothing worn by males and females should be by our cultural and national morals,” the guideline read.
Grooming officers have been instructed to monitor cabin crew “at all times” and report back if there is any deviation from the rules.
The flight services general managers said that strict action would be against those flight attendants who fail to follow the guidelines.
In another development, International Transport Workers Federation has expressed concern over the extra duty timings of the PIA pilots and flight attendants. The Federation has written a letter to PIA CEO Aamir Hayat over the matter. The letter read that PIA has unilaterally changed the working hours of the cabin crew in recent times. It added that the changes in the working hours were affecting the productivity and performances of the cabin crew. The move is also in violation of the rules.
In another development, Aviation and Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique held a meeting at the PIA office to discuss steps to improve the services of the national carrier.