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Female Air France Crew Members Can Decline Flights to Tehran

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Air France has decided to allow its female flight attendants to decline assignments to work the routes to and from Tehran.

The decision follows a brouhaha over a company requirement forcing female workers to comply with the Islamic Shari’a dress code by donning a head scarf, slacks and a loose-fitting jacket prior to disembarking in Tehran.

Union officials and numerous employees fought the mandate sent in an internal memo to staff that said female staff must ‘wear trousers during the flight with a loose fitting jacket and a scarf covering their hair on leaving the plane.’’

Threats of a strike when the Paris-Tehran-Paris route resumes on April 17 were resolved Monday when the airline decided instead to expand an “escape clause” already used in the past for other cases.

“Any woman assigned to the Paris-Tehran flight who for reasons of personal choice would refuse to wear the head scarf upon leaving the plane will be reassigned to another destination, and thus will not be obliged to do this flight,’” human resources official Gilles Gateau told Europe 1 Radio.

The route was suspended in 2008 after the United Nations imposed international sanctions over Iran’s unwillingness to comply with restrictions on its military nuclear ambitions.

Hana Levi Julian

Air France Female Crew Fights Mandatory Shari’a Dress Code in Tehran

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Female flight attendants on Air France are fighting an internal management edict mandating a Shari’a-compliant (Islamic) dress code on routes to and from Iran.

The Paris-Tehran route which was suspended eight years ago when international sanctions were imposed against Iran, is to resume April 17 with flights three times a day. The renewed flights were authorized in light of the nuclear deal signed last July between Iran and the six world powers, which included lifting sanctions imposed by the United Nations.

All female crew members have been informed they must cover their hair with veils or head scarves, wear slacks and don loose-fitting jackets before leaving the plane in Tehran.

The airline staff and union groups have strongly condemned the new dress code and cabin crews are saying they will strike when the route resumes. They called the requirement an “ostentatious religious sign” that goes against French law and an attack on individual freedom.

Union leader Françoise Redolfi was quoted by French radio station RFI as saying, “We have to let the women choose what they want to wear. Those who don’t wish to, must be able to say they don’t want to work on those flights.”

Redolfi added that female flight attendants told her that it is “out of the question” to wear head scarves because “it’s not professional” and they view it as an “insult to their dignity.”

But such a requirement is apparently not as new for the airline as union members might make it out to be: Air France said the rules already apply to cabin crew during stopovers in Saudi Arabia, where female staff are required to wear an abaya to cover their body.

Iranian women have been forced to wear a hair covering since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

But in France, there has been a severe backlash against veils and even head scarves since the terror attacks that were carried out in Paris by radical Islamist terrorists. The same full-face veils that might obscure a woman’s identification in Tehran are now banned in public places; head scarves covering the hair are also banned in schools and state offices.

In its response, Air France commented, “Iranian law requires the wearing of a veil covering the hair in public places for all women present on its territory. This obligation is not required during the flight and is respected by all international airlines serving the Iranian Republic.”

Hana Levi Julian

European Airlines Flying Back to Iran

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

European airlines are flying back to Iran this spring, with British Airlines leading the way — although its corporate office tried very hard to convince media otherwise.

Deputy Aviation and International Affairs Chief of Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization said Wednesday the UK carrier will resume London-Tehran flights in two months, quoting BA representatives from a visit on Tuesday.

British Airways (BA) CEO Willie Walsh told media two days ago that BA officials were “very interested in flying to Tehran and we are hopeful that it will form part of BA’s network in the very near future. We are actively looking at it as a destination,” he told the International Business Times. Other Heathrow slots are likely to be dropped in order to way for the service, which was stopped in 2012, a spokesperson had said.

“The related memorandum of understanding was signed between the two countries ‘a while ago,’” Mohammad Khoda-Karami told the semi-official IRNA news agency.

He added that Spanish, Japanese and Malaysian (Air Asia) airlines have announced readiness to resume direct flights to Iran on a regular weekly basis.

A separate government official had earlier announced that Iran welcomes aviation cooperation “with all countries, save for the Zionist regime’s El Al airlines.”

The state-owned IRAN daily newspaper reported Thursday that Air France and KLM Airlines of Netherlands are on track to resume flights to Tehran this April. Both airlines had already announced the new route back in December.

“Air France is showing its ambition to develop itself in a country with dynamic growth and for which the European Union is Iran’s fourth economic partner,” the company said in a statement. France has a long history of commercial, political and social links with the Islamic Republic of Iran, dating back to the 1970s, when then-revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomenei lived near Paris.

“We’re happy to welcome you in our new AIRFRANCE KLM office in central Tehran,” announces a new website displaying a map with an address, phone numbers, hours and an email address – but little else. “We’re swapping our old office space for brand new, bright and spacious facilities to make you, our passengers, most comfortable from the moment you book your flights.”

 

Iran Air has been flying three times a week to London and twice a week each to Amsterdam and Paris.

 

In 2008 European airlines stopped flying to Iran after international and U.S. sanctions were imposed on the country in response to its defiance of United Nations nuclear mandates.

Hana Levi Julian

Update: Air France Bomb Scare Was FAKE, AGAIN

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

First, it was suspicious. Then, it was REAL. Now it is FAKE.
There are so many versions of this tale that it is getting hard to keep track.

But the latest word from Air France CEO Frederic Gagey is that the suspected “device” was a faker, made of paper and a timer.

The “bomb scare” on Air France flight 463 Sunday morning was taken by sappers away from Moi International Airport in Mombasa, Kenya to be scrutinized after it was found by a passenger in the lavatory of the plane.

Gagey told reporters that because there was no explosive material in the device, it would not have been detected during pre-flight security checks in Mauritius. Passengers and crew were not at risk, he said.

The device appeared to have been made from a carton, sheets of paper and a kitchen timer, Gagey explained. It was placed behind a mirror in the lavatory. The Air France CEO thanked the crew and Kenyan authorities for the professional manner in which they handled the incident.

It was the fourth such “bomb scare” to strike Air France since the November 13 terrorist massacre in Paris.

The flight set out from Mauritius en route to Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris with 459 passengers and 14 crew members.

When the device was discovered, the pilot requested an emergency landing and then brought the plane down very, very slowly, according to one passenger who spoke with the BBC. “The plane just went down slowly, slowly, slowly, so we just realized probably, something was wrong,” he said.

But passengers were told only that the plane was being diverted due to a technical problem.

The Kenya government issued a statement to media at the time saying, “Bomb experts from the Navy and DCI (Directorate of Criminal Investigations) have retrieved the device and are determining whether the components contained explosives.”

Kenyan Interior Ministry cabinet secretary Joseph Nkaissery said authorities were also checking into the security screening procedures that had been carried out by France and Mauritius. “We are in touch with Mauritius to know how security screening of passengers was done,” he said. “A few passengers are being interrogated.”

“The explosive was carried away to a safe place outside the airport. Bomb experts from the Kenya Navy took the bomb away to safety,” the Kenya Airports Authority said in a Facebook post.

At least six passengers were questioned about the device, a police official told Associated Press on condition of anonymity. One passenger described it as “a stopwatch mounted on a box,” the official said.

Hana Levi Julian

New Bomb Scare Diverts Air France Flight En Route to Paris

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

An Air France flight en route to Paris from Mauritania was forced to make an unscheduled stop in Kenya early Sunday morning after a suspicious device was found aboard the aircraft.

All passengers were safely evacuated from the Boeing 777, as bomb sappers rushed aboard to examine the unidentified device, which was found in a lavatory.

Air France Flight 463 was carrying 459 passengers and 14 crew members, according to Kenya police spokesperson Charles Owino.

“The pilots requested an emergency landing when a device suspected to be an explosive was discovered in the lavatory,” Owino told reporters.

The flight departed Mauritius at 9 pm for Charles DeGaulle Airport in Paris.

The aircraft landed at Moi International Airport in Mombasa, Kenya, according to Reuters and other news agencies.

Hana Levi Julian

Air France Flight 83 Diverts Due to Threat

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

An unspecified anonymous threat prompted an Air France flight en route from San Francisco to Paris to divert to Montreal’s Trudeau Airport on Tuesday morning.

The crew aboard Flight AF083 decided to divert ” as a precautionary measure,” according to a statement by the airline. The aircraft landed just before midnight local time in Montreal, with at least 15 fire trucks and police cars waiting on the tarmac.

Passengers disembarked safely “in groups of 50, to be checked individually,” one passenger tweeted, after police first boarded the aircraft to begin investigating with everyone still on the plane.

Canadian authorities spent several hours verifying the aircraft, passengers and baggage and said an investigation into the origin of the threat would be launched.

Passengers told media that they were informed by the crew they were diverted due to “operational reasons.” The airline said they would take “all measures” to send the passengers on to their destinations.

 

Hana Levi Julian

Air France Employees Performed Quenelle Salute

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Three Air France union officials “joyfully” performed the Quenelle reverse Nazi salute at a rally last November but not reported until this week by the French Liberation newspaper.

Air France management issued a statement condemning the salute, according to the European Jewish Press, which reported they were “extremely shocked” and promise ”to take appropriate actions,” whatever that means.

The quenelle was popularized by French anti-Semitic comedian, so he calls himself, Dieudonne.

David Ricatte, secretary and spokesman of the CGT-Air France Communist union, defended his performing the salute and claimed it has no racial or religious significance. He argued that it was a fashionable anti-establishment sign until it was publicized in December as anti-Semitic

“However, earlier in January, Ricatte posted on his personal Twitter account a dubbed version of the scene of Adolf Hitler in ‘Downfall’ in which Hitler is a parodied version of French Interior Minister Manuel Valls condemning the quenelle,” EJP reported.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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