TUI in sexism row after staff give different badges to girls and boys

Staff at TUI Airways gave different ‘sexist’ badges to boys and girls on board a flight from Bristol to Cyprus.

Dame Gillian Morgan saw stewardesses giving the boys ‘future captain’ badges whereas girls were given ‘future cabin crew’, she told a newspaper.

Dame Morgan, a trained doctor and scientist, said she was "absolutely sure" it was a deliberate decision to sort the stickers by gender and called it "deeply sexist".

The 65-year-old – who noticed the ‘sexist’ stickers while going through passport control in Cyprus – told Metro : "I was with my great-niece and my great-nephew and of the two of them, she’s going to be the pilot, he’s going to be the cabin crew.


"I just think it’s a shame. TUI were trying, I think, to do the right thing but fundamentally missed the point.

"There must have been a way of doing it with a bit more thought. I was quite upset by it really."

Other TUI customers have similarly complained about the move on social media.

On May 26 @St_Pirran wrote: ‘@TUIUK your cabin crew today chose “future tui cabin crew” stickers for the girls and “future pilot” for the boys, no female pilots then?’

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Last month Linzi Walker posted: ‘Lovely touch by @TUIUK flying out to Corfu Friday by giving children TUI stickers and activity sheet. ‘Not so lovely that all the boys were given “future pilot” stickers and the girls “future cabin crew”?! Sexist much?’

A spokesman for TUI, formerly Thomson Airways, blamed the row on a ‘mix up’.

They said: "We’re sorry to hear a small number of customers have been upset by this.

"We think it has just been a simple mix-up since our future pilot and cabin crew stickers are designed for use for any child regardless of gender.

"The stickers are part of our activity packs which are intended to be used by crew to interact, engage with and create special moments for our customers on their holiday.

"The feedback we’ve had so far this summer has been overwhelmingly positive.

"Children fall in love with flying when they go on their holidays with us and we want to encourage their dreams of becoming future pilots and crew members."

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