The Straits Times
Published on Nov 11, 2012

EgyptAir stewardesses begin wearing hijab


CAIRO (AFP) - EgyptAir stewardesses who campaigned to wear the Muslim headscarf have begun donning the hijab for the first time since the national carrier was founded in 1932, a company official said on Sunday.

The first flight attendants dressed in the hijab, which mainstream clerics say is mandatory, worked on flights to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

Under president Hosni Mubarak, who was toppled in an uprising early last year, the hijab was taboo for women in some state institutions such as state television and the national carrier.

After the election of the Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in June, however, women in television and EgyptAir campaigned for permission to wear the hijab, like most Muslim women in Egypt.