Paying lip service?

For the carrier that sure seems like the most fun airline in the world, Turkish Airlines almost had a lot of people (not) seeing red, recently.


Paying lip service?


For the carrier that sure seems like the most fun airline in the world, Turkish Airlines almost had a lot of people (not) seeing red, recently. It all started when it emerged that the carrier was planning on banning its female flight crew from wearing red lipstick and red nail polish. Turkey’s national airline said it wanted to give flight attendants a “natural look” so that they are “artless and well-groomed with makeup in pastel tones”.

Reading this, we began scratching our proverbial heads because clearly, this was sounding rather comp l i c ate d ! Little did we know it was going to get worse: “As a consequence of our current cabin uniforms not including red, dark pink, et cetera, the use of lipstick and nail polish in these colours by our cabin crew impairs visual integrity”, a statement from Europe’s fourth-biggest airline went on to explain… only somewhat ambiguously.

“Visual integrity,” hmmm yes of course, we completely concur. And so, with no idea what the PR hacks were talking about, we did what we always do when confronted by the unknown… we Googled it. Unfortunately that just made us more confused…authenticity, esthetics? The Belly Achers then decided a more rational, common sense approach was necessary.