A lipstick ban for Turkish flight attendants has been lifted after a public backlash ensued.
Turkish Airlines says that several low-level managers put together a document saying that red and pink lipstick and nail polish would be banned for all female flight attendants without consulting the management. Chief Executive Temel Kotil responded to the document after receiving several complaints that the airline was moving too close to Islamic values for comfort.
"As you know, some in Turkey are a little bit keen about these issues," said Kotil. "We are a great global carrier and we know what we are doing. As to the lipstick, we had no problems but somehow low-level managers put together a paper without asking us and that paper leaked to the media and became a big issue."
Kotil now says that flight attendants are free to wear the lipstick and nail shade of their choice.
"Staff can use the colour they want. This measure was not approved by the hierarchy," Kotilo said.
While they may not be getting that conservative, the airline has imposed a recent ban on alcohol served during flights.