Flight Attendants Slams Nicole Kidman for Promoting Anti-Female Airlines
April 8, Riyadh: The Association of professional Flight Attendants (APFA), the largest independent flight attendant union in the US has called on Nicole Kidman to back out of an advertising campaign for Etihad Airlines due to its “abhorrent labor policies” for women.
According to IMDb Nicole Kidman was named the new face of Etihad Airways in March, but over the weekend, her ad campaign took quite a nosedive. Launching Etihad’s Flying Reimagined brand campaign last month, the Oscar-winning actress starred in and narrated short ad spots promoting the company’s new Airbus A380.
According to Arabian Business news outlet In an open letter last week to Kidman, National President of the APFA Laura Glading said the actress’s efforts to advance women’s rights around the World as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador are at “odds with your prominent role in an advertising campaign for Etihad Airways.”
“The United Arab Emirates and their airlines are well-known in our industry for their discriminatory labor practices and deplorable treatment of female employees,” In the letter, Glading cites a Wall Street Journal report that lists some of the alleged abuses of Etihad including that the airline “may fire women if they become pregnant” and forces flight attendants to live in “confinement” in secure compounds.
Although Responding to the allegations, Etihad said in a statement that its commitment to the “welfare, safety, and well-being of the diverse group of men and women who have worked so hard to make Etihad Airways great is one of our airline’s top priorities,” the Arabian Business news outlet reported.
Responding specifically to the mistreatment of pregnant employees, Etihad said it “fully supports its cabin crew during and after their pregnancy”. The Oslo Times