Airline ‘forced women to strip and treated them like dogs’ in recruitment hell

An airline allegedly forced women who were applying for air stewardess jobs to strip to their underwear and treated them like dogs during a nightmare interview process.

The applicants were ordered to strip down to their bras and knickers for the interview with Kuwait Airways at the Melia Barajas hotel near Madrid's Airport.

According to Spanish media, some even had their teeth inspected – like dogs – from the airline recruitment agency, Meccti.

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A 23-year-old applicant named Mariana revealed that a woman at the interview took notes in a notepad as she inspected her in her underwear and likened it to feeling "like an animal in the zoo".

Following the inspection, those who were overweight, wore glasses, had moles or visible scars, were immediately rejected, with one woman told that they didn't hire people with scars.

Mariana added: "A girl who spoke seven languages was told she was disqualified for having a mini scar on her eyebrow and she was told they didn't care about her seven languages."

Another interviewee, 23-year-old Bianca, told local media that the woman before her came out in tears after the interview process was finished.

When it was her turn, she was asked to lift up her dress, but her interviewers wanted to see more, eventually being left wearing just her bra, skirt, and tights.

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She said: "She asked me to open my mouth and looked inside as if I were a dog. She almost put her eye in my mouth to see my teeth. She then told me something like, 'She'll do.' I felt super humiliated."

She added that the event had left her feeling like an animal in the zoo.

A third woman, 19-year-old Maria, said that while some of the interviewees had been told they needed to lose weight and eat less, others had been told they needed to put on weight.

Neither Kuwait Airways nor Meccti have commented on the allegations first published in Spanish media.

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