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'Mini-skirt turbulence' at Japanese budget carrier

Published on Mar 11, 2014 5:59 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - A Japanese budget airline has flown into rough air over its decision to outfit flight attendants in revealing mini-skirts, drawing criticism that it could invite sexual harassment.

Skymark Airlines came under fire from the cabin crew's labour union, which said the super-short skirt - with a distinctively swinging sixties look - barely covers wearers' thighs.

"We're concerned that the design of this uniform may cause problems", including sexual harassment, the Japan Federation of Cabin Attendants said in a statement late last month.

"The airline is saying the uniform is meant to attract more customers, but this shows the company is treating women like a commodity," it added.

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