Virgin Atlantic mentioned that cabin crew should keep on with conventional gown to make sure their security in Qatar

Virgin Atlantic reversed its gender-neutral uniform coverage for cabin crew flying the England staff to the World Cup in Qatar. Though the squad nonetheless flew aboard the airline’s ‘Homosexual Delight’ jet, crossdressing will solely be allowed on flights to “extra accepting” international locations, the airline mentioned.

Gareth Southgate’s squad touched down in Doha on Tuesday, on a specifically chartered Virgin Atlantic flight from Birmingham. For this once-off flight, the airline informed a number of British media shops that it suspended its gender id coverage and instructed crew members to decorate within the acceptable uniform for his or her gender.

“As a part of our coverage, we full a threat evaluation on all international locations we fly to, contemplating legal guidelines and attitudes in the direction of the LGBTQ+ group and expressions of id on a case-by-case foundation,” the assertion learn. “Following a threat evaluation, it was advisable the coverage was not utilized on right now’s constitution flight to make sure the security of our folks.”

Homosexuality is unlawful in Qatar, and same-sex intercourse is punishable by as much as seven years’ imprisonment. 

Virgin Atlantic up to date its ‘Gender Id Coverage’ in September, permitting male flight attendants to put on feminine uniforms and vice versa. Workers have been additionally given the choice of carrying “pronoun badges,” and subjected to “necessary inclusivity coaching,” in accordance with a press launch.

Whereas this new “fluid method” was portrayed as making use of to all routes, Virgin Atlantic defined on Tuesday that it could initially be rolled out on flights to and from the US, UK, and Israel, as “these international locations are extra accepting of non-binary identities.”

Regardless of the coverage walkback, the England staff nonetheless flew to Doha aboard the ‘Rain Bow’, an Airbus A350 bearing the picture of a flying man in rainbow-colored sneakers holding a Union Jack. The UK just isn’t the one nation bringing a pro-LGBT message to Qatar, with the US modifying its staff’s crest to include the colours of the homosexual delight flag.

Whereas Qatar has insisted that every one followers can be welcomed to the World Cup “with out discrimination,” an envoy for the event, former Qatari nationwide participant Khalid Salman, informed a German reporter final week that he thought of homosexuality a “harm within the thoughts” that causes “religious hurt.”

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