Egypt flight attendants don head scarves

Nov. 11, 2012 at 11:31 AM

CAIRO, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Flight attendants for EgyptAir said they began wearing Islamic head scarves on duty for the first time since Egypt's government approved the wardrobe change.

The change took place Saturday with some flight attendants opting for the veil.

The move is a temporary measure until EgyptAir finalizes a new uniform featuring a cap that will keep heads covered in accordance with the Muslim religion.

Ahram.com said Sunday the change was approved by the new Egyptian government in September after nearly a year of protests and lawsuits by EgyptAir employees. A decision on a demand to allow male employees to grow beards for religious reasons was still pending.

EgyptAir has grooming standards requiring male employees who have customer contact to be "clean cut," Ahram.com said.

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