Trippy Takes Hits For Flight Attendant Attractiveness Survey
A travel website is under fire after posting survey results ranking the “attractiveness" of female flight attendants by airline, with critics arguing the poll objectifies women and undermines their critical role in safe air travel.
Trippy.com asked 2,000 people to rate flight attendants’ physical appearances on a 1-to-10 scale. For each airline, the website showed survey respondents a composite photo generated from 50 faces of women listed as the airlines' employees on LinkedIn. It’s a bit of a bizarre approach, as the faces end up looking quite similar.
The survey has been out for a little while, with Mashable among the first to bash what its writer called an “outdated, sexist approach to a poll.” Now, the largest union of flight attendants has publicly condemned the survey.
Taylor Garland, a spokeswoman for the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA. which represents 50,000 people over 18 airlines— told Fox News that flight attendants are “onboard to ensure the safety, health and security” of passengers – not to look pretty.
“Training and experience is what matters when an emergency occurs at 30,000 feet,” Garland said. “The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA has fought for over 70 years to stop these discriminatory and sexist practices in the aviation industry and across the world.”
In a report of its survey results, Trippy stated that the ratings don’t reflect the airlines’ “service and ability to provide a great in-flight experience.” If that was the case, Southwest — whose female flight attendants were ranked second-to-last in the survey— would have been at the top of the list. But apparently good service isn’t sexy.
A spokeswoman from Trippy told Fox News in an email that the website’s decision to involve only women for its “attractiveness” survey was intentional.
“For the purposes of collecting the most accurate data for our survey, we saw it best to do a separate analysis rather than combining men and women, due to the larger availability of female photos on LinkedIn, the source for our study,” said the spokeswoman.
Will male attendants aboard the world's top airlines be subjected to the same survey?
Says Trippy, “We'll be following up with a men-only version of the campaign in the future.”
Oh. Great. Doesn’t sound like they’ve learned much from the experience.