New Thai airline hires transsexual attendants
Focus Thailand video: PC Air hosts recruitment session, Miss Tiffany 2007 Thanyarat Jiraphatpakorn hired
PC Air, a Thai airline that hopes to be fully operational in April, has hired transsexual flight attendants, reports the AFP. From over 100 applicants, the airline has recruited six transsexual attendants, including Thanyarat Jiraphatpakorn, 2007 winner of the Miss Tiffany pageant for transsexuals. ABS-CBN News reports that the attendants will wear gold-colored "third sex" nametags to help passengers and immigration officers identify their gender.
PC Air President Peter Chan told the AFP, "I think these people can have many careers, not just in the entertainment business, and many of them (dream of becoming an) air hostess. I just made their (dreams) come true... Our society has changed-it’s evolution. I’m a pioneer, and I’m sure there will be (other) organizations following my idea."
The Philippine Airlines (PAL) told ABS-CBN News that they have not had transsexual applicants. Should members of the third sex apply for a position, PAL said it is possible for them to change their standard genders, male and female. Meanwhile, Cebu Pacific’s Vice President for Marketing Candice Iyog said, "This is an interesting development, and we will be watching closely."
According to Time.com, "Thailand, a haven for transsexuals, has one of the world’s largest transsexual populations. Operations are cheaply and easily available."