For the first time in eight years, Air France flights between Tehran and Paris will resume. But the airline has asked that female flight attendants comply to the strict dress codes enforced in Iran, wearing long sleeves and pants, as well as a headscarf.
“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,” Flore Arrighi, head of the flight crews’ union in France, told the Telegraph.
The headscarf issue is a hot subject in France, which has banned headscarves in state or government offices. They’ve also banned people from covering their faces entirely while in public.
Iranian women, on the other hand, have been required to cover their hair since 1979.
A spokesperson for Air France said, “Tolerance and respect for the customs of the countries we serve are part of the values of our company.”