TUI Airways is in the middle of a sexism row after its flight attendants handed out “future captain” stickers to boys, while girls were given “future cabin crew” badges.
Calling the stickers “deeply sexist”, Dame Gillian Morgan, who witnessed the event, told Metro: “The stickers were gender neutral but it’s the way that they were handed out that makes it complicated. It happens implicitly all the time. The boys can have the Lego, the space rocket going to the moon, and the girls can have a little pony.”
TUI has now stated: “We’re sorry to hear a small number of customers have been upset by this. We think it has just been a simple mix-up since our future pilot and cabin crew stickers are designed for use for any child regardless of gender.
“The stickers are part of our activity packs which are intended to be used by crew to interact, engage with and create special moments for our customers on their holiday. The feedback we’ve had so far this summer has been overwhelmingly positive. Children fall in love with flying when they go on their holidays with us and we want to encourage their dreams of becoming future pilots and crew members.”