Dancing flight attendants video ‘sexist,’ says solon

A PARTY-LIST congressman yesterday expressed concern over Cebu Pacific airline’s plan to make its flight attendants dance while demonstrating the safety features of the plane.

Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño said to be made to dance before their clients makes flight attendants more vulnerable to sexist stereotyping.

A video uploaded on Youtube.com, supposedly taken by a Cebu Pacific Airlines passenger on September 30, 2010, shows Cebu Pacific flight attendants (FAs) dancing to the tune of popular Lady Gaga and Katy Perry songs while instructing passengers on the safety precautions and protocol.

The Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines (Fasap) called the video “demeaning and undignified.”

“Flight attendants are safety professionals, not entertainers or dancers,” it said in a statement.

“We support the position taken by Fasap. This plan to make FAs dance before passengers potentially violates the Labor Code… It may also violate the Magna Carta for Women and the airline safety standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization,” Casiño said.

While the said airline was lauded by some observers on and off the internet for being creative and fun and for finding an effective way to keep passengers attentive while being shown the airline’s standard safety demonstration, numerous viewers also took note of the featured flight attendant’s physical features and movements as “pretty,” “sexy” and “malandi.”

“I think Cebu Pacific has to rethink this thing. While dancing certainly is a popular and novel way of educating people, it may not be appropriate in this case,” Casiño said.

He said that “while the dance routine most probably captured the passengers’ attention, it was obviously difficult to intently listen and hear the safety instructions because of the loud music.  D’Jay Lazaro


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