Japanese budget airline Skymark has been slammed for its "dangerous" new uniforms for female cabin crew.
The airline introduced the new uniforms — which, as you can see from the above photo, are very, very short — to promote its new Airbus A330-300.
One of the largest papers in Japan, Mainichi, has reported
that Japan's labour union for flight attendants has attempted to get the uniforms repealed over safety and sexual harassment concerns. They've called the uniforms "dangerous" and a "job obstacle".
The union fears the short, skin-exposing skirts could cause injury to a flight attendant who needs to exit the plane via an escape chute, and will make basic duties more complicated while staff worry about their uniform.
The other issue, of course, is that the uniforms are incredibly sexist
, and the union has complained that they depict women as sex objects.
A Skymark spokesperson told Mainichi that the company is obtaining "consent from the cabin attendants" who are expected to wear the "stylish" uniforms.
Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Travel is investigating whether or not the uniforms are an obstacle to work safety. The Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare is examining whether the uniforms violate the employer's duty to protect staff from sexual harassment. [via Kotaku]