Low-cost airlines’ uniforms come in for criticism
Malaysia’s low-cost carriers are under fire for giving their flight attendants uniforms that are “sexy”, the New Straits Times and Independent report.
Politicians from the ruling Umno party criticised AirAsia and Firefly in particular for having outfits that are “too revealing”, which could “arouse passengers”.
“The Malaysian Aviation Commission must really look into this,” protested Senator Abdullah Mat Yasim, who said the female crews’ uniforms do not represent Malaysia’s status as a Muslim country.
Senator Megat Zulkarnain Omardin agreed, suggesting the airlines consider a uniform redesign. “My wife is worried whenever I fly alone on Malindo or AirAsia,” he said. “This is a real hassle for me.”
But Senator Abdullah opined that Malindo Air’s uniforms are “acceptable”, because despite being tight fitting they cover the “sensitive areas” – unlike Firefly and AirAsia, he added.
Last week, Senator Hanafi Mamat protested that cabin crew should wear uniforms that conform to Sharia Law, adding that tourists could get the wrong impression about Malaysia if attendants were dressed “sexily and disrespectfully”.
AirAsia uniforms for women consist of mid-thigh-length red skirts with a slit on the sides, white shirts and red jackets, while Firefly gives female crew a figure-fitting orange dress that ends above the knee, also with a slit. Malindo’s outfit comprises a floor-length purple skirt and white cardigan.