BRITISH Airways said overnight said it had changed uniform rules to allow staff to wear religious symbols openly, after coming under heavy criticism for banning an employee from wearing a crucifix over her uniform.
Following consultations with representatives from a wide range of religious groups, the airline said it would permit staff to wear a lapel pin symbol such as a Christian cross or Jewish Star of David, the company said.
In addition, and in response to complaints by some Christians, it “would allow some flexibility” in its usual policy banning staff from wearing chains over their uniforms.
“Unintentionally we have found ourselves at the centre of one of the hottest social issues in current political debate,” said BA chief executive Willie Walsh.
Check-in staffer Nadia Eweida was told last October by BA managers she must not display a small necklace crucifix, prompting an outcry from the Church of England. One cabinet minister described BA’s decision as “loopy”.
Especially because the hijab was just fine with BA.