Turkish Airlines has defended its recent move to ban flight attendants from wearing brightly colored lipstick and nail polish, such as pink or red.
A statement from the airline to CNN Travel said colors such as red and dark pink are unsuitable as they “impaired the visual integrity” of the Turkish Airlines uniforms.
“According to the generally accepted practices, personnel who work in the services sector are preferred to be artless and well groomed with a make-up in pastel tones,” the statement said.
The airline believes pastel colors give “a natural presence” which in turn “has a more gentle and attainable effect in communication.”
Nail polish in the same shades is also banned.
The airline did not respond to questions about when the ban would begin or how it would be enforced.
Staff attire and appearance together with standards of service are a major part of airline branding and the lipstick move does not appear too out of line with similar policies on other airlines.
However, an opposition government official called the ban a “perversity” and some flight attendants reportedly protested the ban by sharing images of red lipstick on social media sites such as Twitter and wearing it on flights, according to media reports.
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