IN a controversial move, Emirates has warned its Taiwanese cabin crew to remove pins of the Taiwan flag from their uniforms, signaling support for Beijing’s “One China” policy.
In an email, the airline instructed staff members to replace their Taiwanese flag pins with those of China’s national flag instead, sparking pushback from Taiwanese staff.
The email read:
“You must remove the Taiwanese flag from your service waistcoat and replace it with the Chinese flag. This must be followed by all Taiwanese crew without exception.”
However, following the backlash from staff, a correction email was sent out by the airline suggesting staff need not wear any flag pins.
The follow-up email read: “After reviewing your responses to the email below the original request for you to wear a Chinese flag was incorrect and inappropriate.
“Please refrain from wearing your Taiwanese flags on flights until further notice. Therefore, no flag is required on your uniform.”
According to South China Morning Post, the Chinese government “instructed” Emirates to conform to the “One China” policy that recognizes Taiwan as part of the republic.
The report said disgruntled Taiwanese residents had called for a boycott of Emirates, while others blamed Beijing over the order.
Emirates’ vast network of routes requires staff to bear flag pins to indicate staff’s origin and spoken language.