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Flight Attendants Upset About Headscarf Requirement

Now that the Iran nuclear deal is completed, Air France is set to resume flights between Paris and Tehran this month. Yet, the flight attendants are not required to wear headscarves and loose-fitting clothing when landing in Iran.

The head of the Union des Navigants de l'Aviation Civile (UNAC), Flore Arrighi, said "It is not our role to pass judgement on the wearing of headscarves or veils in Iran. What we are denouncing is that it is being made compulsory. Stewardesses must be given the right to refuse these flights."

The requirement to cover one's hair rankles French women. The country's burqa ban went into effect in 2011, and while it is not illegal to wear a hijab in public, state institutions forbid them — government offices and schools. France insists on the separation of church and state.

In addition, Union Nationale des Syndicats Automnes president Françoise Redolfi told the Telegraph, many of them view the obligation "as an insult to their dignity" and unprofessional. The Paris-Tehran flights were suspended in 2008. They will resume on April 17, with flights running three times per week.

Female flight attendants are typically allowed to pick between a skirt or pants, but Tehran flights require a long jacket and trousers, plus a headscarf.

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