Veiled female stewards allowed to serve for first time in Egyptian airline's history
Veiled female cabin crews of Egypt's national carrier, EgyptAir, have been allowed to serve on flights for the first time in the airline's history.
The stewards appeared wearing the Islamic headscarves or the hijab on the airline's flights bound to Arab countries.
According to officials Attendants on other flights, operated by the 80-year-old carrier, will be allowed to wear the hijab later this month when the airline takes delivery of distinct uniform headscarves.
"Allowing women stewards to wear the hijab was in response to their wish. The company will not make it obligatory for other stewards to put it on," Gulf News quoted Abdul Aziz Fadel, deputy chairman of the EgyptAir Holding Company, as saying.
"The new uniform ordered by the company for the veil-wearing stewards will not affect their performance in serving passengers," he added.
More than two months ago, the first veiled anchorwoman appeared on Egyptian state television, ending a decades-long ban.
According to the paper, opponents said the moves are part of a purported plan by President Mohammad Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood to Islamise Egypt.