Norwegian Air drops high heel, makeup requirement for female flight attendants

Norwegian Air has dropped a policy requiring female flight attendants to wear high heels and makeup while working outside of the aircraft. 

Airline spokesperson Anders Lindström confirmed the change in a statement USA TODAY Friday.

“We now allow female crew members to wear flat shoes at all times and no makeup if they choose, male crew members can also wear light makeup,” he said. “Our cabin crew have always been required to wear flat shoes while working on board our aircraft for their safety and comfort. As a responsible employer we are in continuous dialogue with our cabin crew colleagues to see how we can improve our uniform guidelines.”

The airline made headlines last month for reportedly requiring flight attendants to carry a doctor’s note if they wanted to wear flat shoes.

The airline described their uniforms to USA TODAY at the time as “neutral and discrete” and “similar to most other airlines.”

“We are willing to review the guidelines again internally and make necessary changes if there is a wish to do so among our cabin crew globally,” Lindström said then. “It is certainly not our intention to offend or provoke anyone with our uniform guidelines, externally or internally.”

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