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Turkish Airlines bans red lipstick

29 April, 2013

Airlines is thinking about banning the sale of alcohol on all its Russian flights

The administration of Turkish Airlines, a state-run company flying to more than 200 destinations worldwide, amended its "Flight Attendant Dress Code", banning the usage of red lipstick and hair buns for women flight attendants.

According to an article published in Cumhuriyet newspaper by Özcan Yaşar, the airline administration implemented this new policy following "complaints submitted by passengers".

The new dress code allowed women flight attendants to wear rather pastel colors instead of red, and braided buns instead of hair-stick buns.

The new dress is expected to be officially announced and implemented soon, the article said.

In 2012, the Turkish Airlines administration also revised its dress code, banning the use of red-bleached hair, platinum blonde style, and flamboyant silver make-up for female flight attendants.

Turkish Airlines is thinking also about banning the sale of alcohol on all its Russian flights, according to an Izvestia newspaper report.

The decision could be taken as many Russian passengers have repeatedly shown inappropriate behavior after consuming alcoholic drinks, company officials told Izvestia.

A total of 28 Russian citizens have been taken into custody by the Turkish police for causing trouble during flights, the report said, adding that warnings from flight attendants were often in vain.
The company said the restriction aimed to increase security on airplanes.

Turkish Airlines had already put alcohol bans in place for flights to several Muslim countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Libya and Mauritania. However, a similar ban on domestic flights sparked fierce criticism inside Turkey. Many saw the restriction as a sign of the company’s dislike of alcoholic drinks. However Turkish Airlines, honored with an “Airline of the Year” award last month, defended itself, saying that alcohol had been removed because of fewer business class passengers and a lack of demand on other routes.

The CEO of the company, Hamdi Topçu, also said the decision had been based only on commercial considerations, adding that they would keep their alcoholic drink policy.