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EgyptAir stewardesses who campaigned to wear the Muslim headscarf have begun donning the hijab for the first time since the national carrier was founded in 1932, a company official said today, AFP reported.

The first flight attendants dressed in the hijab, which mainstream clerics say is mandatory, worked on flights to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

Under president Hosni Mubarak, who was toppled in an uprising in early 2011, the hijab was taboo for women in some state institutions such as state television and the national carrier.

But after the election of the Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in June, women in television and EgyptAir campaigned for permission to wear the hijab, like most Muslim women in Egypt.

The company had agreed to allow the stewardesses to wear the hijab after a strike by cabin crews in September that also demanded better pay.

An EgyptAir official said a foreign company has been contracted to design a cap and headscarf for the estimated 250 stewardesses who want to wear the hijab, out of 900 women working for EgyptAir.

In September, an anchorwoman was the first woman to appear on state television wearing the scarf, which traditionally covers the hair and neck. Some more liberal women wear the hijab to cover only their hair.


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Man in the Middle

11/11/2012 10:01:36 PM

No more bad hair days.

abubakir nur

11/11/2012 8:45:22 PM

ALLHAM DU LILLAH! You Ladies make us proud ! You hold your religion in high esteem. May ALLAH grant all our muslim sisters the tawfeeq to follow suit . AAMEEN!

john albay

11/11/2012 8:34:37 PM

who cares what they wear,they dont serve beer or wine on board and their idea of an on time flight is if they depart on the correct day!!

Brit in Turkey

11/11/2012 6:35:21 PM

It does save time in not having to wash and comb the hair. or wash behind the ears. 8-)

Nikos T.

11/11/2012 4:16:46 PM

Is this what Darwin had in mind when he spoke about evolution? I can see their faces though. They should also permit burga.


11/11/2012 4:08:22 PM

Wearing the head scarf is like wearing a crucifix, a star of David, a skull cap. It allows the individual to declare his/her religious affiliation. As long as it is not imposed on the individual and is strictly a matter of indivdual choice, it is consistent with a democratic society.

abubakir nur

11/11/2012 3:48:09 PM

I hope all muslim airlines adopt this stance. We are after all distinct from non muslims and are proud of our religion and its tenets. May ALLAH guide this ummah to be the true follwers of prophet MUHAMMED (SAW). The Noble MASTERS concern and thoughts were always for his Ummah. AAMEEN
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