Thai airline offers cabin crew jobs to transsexuals
By Catherine Deshayes on 31-Jan-2011
A newly-formed Thai airline is making a concerted effort to create cabin crew job opportunities for transsexuals.
PC Air has already recruited six cabin crew members of what they call the ‘third sex’, and said they were looking to become a pioneer in driving equal rights for the country’s large population of transsexuals.
The airline’s chief executive, Peter Chan, said that they were hoping to regularly have transsexuals among their new hires.
“I think these people can have many careers, not just in the entertainment business, and many of them have a dream to be an air hostess. I just made their dream come true,” he told the AFP news agency.
Thailand has one of the largest populations of transsexuals in the world. Its surgeons and medical experts have perfected giving increasingly affordable and quick sex changes, almost always to men seeking to become women.
The airline’s employment criteria for the aviation jobs do not require the transsexual applicants to have gone through the complete surgical procedure. The candidates are merely asked to meet standard requirements for the jobs, including passing language skills and good service tests.
More than 100 transsexuals applied for the first round of jobs when the airline was first launched. The airline has not yet begun its flight schedule, but is due to be in the skies by April, providing charter flights throughout Asia.