Want to work as cabin crew for Royal Jordanian?

Hopefully you’re female if you do. The company put out a call for applications in their “family” of cabin crewmembers. And men need not bother applying.

Also, it is important that applicants be a minimum of 158cm tall (5′ 2″) and have “weight proportional with height” as well as being “presentable.”

Because nothing says awesome service like gross sexism.

Of course, Royal Jordanian isn’t the only airline to hire cabin crews in such a manner. I sat at a table with airline executives once and listened to one describe the process of hiring its staff. Basically it was to rent a hotel ballroom and parade 2500 women through. The first cut down to ~500 who might actually be considered was based on how they looked. From there things like the ability to speak English and provide decent customer service were used to filter to those eventually hired. But they were not shy about saying things like, “If she’s got big hips now just imagine what it will be like in 10+ years when she’s still working.”

Yeah, not so cool, really.


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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


    1. Yeah, others do it. And I think is is shitty when they do it, too.

      This isn’t about how the women dress. And suggesting that it is OK for the same people who object to how women dress “here” (presuming you mean the USA) but that it is OK for those same people to only hire women who fit the look that they don’t approve of in public is rather ridiculous, I’d say.

      I know that it would be unlawful here. I happen to think it is simply wrong as well, here or elsewhere.

  1. Sounds exactly like how hip bars in the US choose wait staff, except that these have to lie on the reasons why guys, and short or fat girls don’t make the first cut. At least RJ is transparent about it.

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