The pinup is in association the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, for a deal the airline has with the magazine.
Here’s what the Association of Flight Attendants said in a message to the airline:
“It is our feeling that this is not only contrary to the family image that this company tries to promote, but also potentially offensive to their female employees, the majority of their flight attendants who will have to work on this aircraft,” the union said. It said the promotion “creates a potential for verbal abuse by male passengers.”The airline's response:
The decal is “subdued and classy. We have the highest respect for all of our crew members, male and female. We also went to great lengths to ensure that the image that we put on the side of our planes was very tastefully done and very much a family friendly image.”Vanity Fair says “AirTran has simply said that the partnership is ending soon anyway, so when that happens, the problem will be solved.”
Thanks, AirTran, for caring about what your female employees think or feel, and completely ignoring them. And by the way AirTran, in my workplace, if someone posted a similar pinup in their cubicle, I could report it to HR as sexual harassment, and it would be removed, “classy” or not.
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