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A female Air Hostess
Elspeth Lodge January 28, 2011 – 6:33 pm
Thailand is one of the biggest transgendered hot-spots in the world, so the number of people who applied for the position wasn’t surprising to the airline officials.
The owner of the airline looks at this as his opportunity to give the “third-sex” a new career choice. And he hopes that other airlines will follow his lead:
“I think these people can have many careers,” he said to the Telegraph, “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. Our society has changed. It’s evolution. I’m a pioneer and I’m sure there will be other organisations following my idea.”
Out of the 100 applicants, three were chosen for positions, while 17 men and 10 women were hired as well.
‘Our initial quota was set at three transsexuals, but we will consider taking more in the future depending on their qualifications,’ a PC Air spokeswoman said to Thailandnews.net.
A transgendered person chosen for a position stated “At first I thought they would just take applications but not actually recruit us,”
The third-sex will wear gold name badges to help passengers and immigration staff identify what gender they are speaking to.