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EK Bans Taiwanese Cabin Crew from Wearing Taiwanese Flag Pins

Old 31st May 2017, 11:49
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EK Bans Taiwanese Cabin Crew from Wearing Taiwanese Flag Pins

Emirates mandates cabin crew remove Taiwanese flag pins from uniforms to follow 'One China Policy' | Taiwan News

Apparently, they now must wear Chinese flag pins (contrary to their colleagues from Hongkong, who may wear both). Was there any event that triggered this?
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Old 31st May 2017, 12:26
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Front page BBC now

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40103064

Everything is quid pro quo with the Chinese. In order for EK to open a new city in China - they had to launch INC-CGO for 18 mos, then the yet to be unnamed city will be granted.

I suspect the pins were part of the double daily 380 to PVG &PEK.
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Old 31st May 2017, 14:38
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Must be a slow news day when EK crew pins make headlines.
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Old 31st May 2017, 15:02
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Having a drinkie now with an EK 1st Class CC. She tells me this has caused outrage in the Taiwanese crew members.

Hope none of them suffer for whistleblowing. As SLF I liked the flag badges - good guessing game. Spot the nationality. EK crew are an astonishingly diverse bunch - and the better for it, IMO
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Old 31st May 2017, 17:29
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Anyone remember British Asia Airways G-BNLZ - the Chinese character tailed B744 that had to be created so that BA could fly to TPE?

No surprise the Taiwanese crew are upset.
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Old 31st May 2017, 19:00
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Spare a thought for the Kiwi crew, they have to wear the Australian flag, less one star!
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Old 1st Jun 2017, 00:29
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Did the manager who put this memo out also tell Henry D that he has to wear a British flag pin badge, because after all, Ireland is a breakaway province of the UK!
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Old 1st Jun 2017, 03:22
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A few airlines had subsidiaries which allowed a 'face saving' way out for both the airlines and China.

BA had British Airways Asia, KLM - KLM Asia, Swissair - Swissair Asia, Lufthansa used Condor. Basically these airlines were already flying to Taipei and when China started to open their skies they were told they had to choose, either Taiwan or China.

The fact is, China stills sees Taiwan as part of its territory, albeit a renegade one. Chinese maps still show it as part of China. Tensions have cooled but it is always there.

I believe this sensitivity was part of the reason for the creation of Mandarin Airlines by China Airlines.

With regards to the flag pin, I don't think Taiwanese crews fly to China as the Taiwan passport is not recognized so this is a blanket ban for all sectors? Seems a bit drastic as most passengers on other sectors wouldn't really care.

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Old 1st Jun 2017, 04:12
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Originally Posted by I Claudius View Post
Spare a thought for the Kiwi crew, they have to wear the Australian flag, less one star!
Last time I looked, the Kiwi flag has 4 Stars, The Australian has 6.
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Holders of Taiwan passports can apply for an ID card to travel to the PRC and vice versa. My airline has many crew from both countries who operate to each with no issues. When I heard of this edict, I was on a trip to Taiwan with crew from both sides of the Taiwan strait and the discussion on the crew bus was about this. The Taiwan crew were indignant, the PRC crew didn't really like to comment!

The flags of each country are banned in the other. Air China fly to Taiwan using special aircraft with the PRC flag painted out. However, the Sun Yat Sen mausoleum in Nanjing has a statue of Doctor Sun sitting under a Nationalist flag!
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Originally Posted by longblow View Post
Last time I looked, the Kiwi flag has 4 Stars, The Australian has 6.
Correction noted, thanks.🇦🇺🇳🇿
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