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Flying High In Heels: Israeli Airline’s New Dress Code Sparks Outrage

Politicians denounce new flight attendant dress code aboard El Al, Israel's national carrier

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Jun 16, 2015 at 10:28 AM ET

Israeli airline El Al’s new dress code requiring female flight attendants to wear high heels until passengers are seated is sparking backlash among airline workers and politicians.

Israeli parliament members banned together on Twitter and Instagram to slam the new rule, which was announced in an email to its employees last week. Many protesting the dress code used the hashtag #withoutheels in support of more than 200 Israeli flight attendants who signed a petition against the policy. Aviation experts also have deemed the policy unsafe and discriminatory.

Former Justice Minister Tzipi Livni tweeted from the U.K, where she is on a diplomatic visit: “These are the shoes I wore today in the House of Lords in order to represent Israel.” Sharing a photo of her golden flats, she wrote on Twitter, “Whoever requires women to walk in heels should take 10 steps back.”

Parliamentarian Karin Elharrar of the political party Yesh Atid also spoke out against El Al as did her party’s leader, Yair Lapid, tweeting that he wholeheartedly supports the anti-heel social media movement.

Translation: “These are the shoes I wore today in the House of Lords in order to represent Israel. Whoever requires women to walk in heels should take 10 steps back. #withoutheels”

Translation: “#withoutheels because they are the most uncomfortable thing there is.”

Translation: “El Al decided to obligate female flight attendants to wear heels, even during take off.  And I say: Comfort = better service. Check me out #withoutheels”

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