Thai Ladyboys Join the Mile High Club
PC Air are a new budget airline based at Suvarnabhumi Airport and soon they will be providing charter flights from Bangkok to Korea and Japan. The service will initially fly to Osaka and Tokyo in Japan as well as Seoul, South Korea. The airline also has plans to extend their service to China in the near future. They are currently undergoing recruitment and training for their air crew and flight attendant staff.
A total 30 flight attendants are being trained, 19 female, 7 male and 4 transsexuals. Thailand’s new air carrier have gone for AC and DC in their efforts to make PC Air a formidable force in South-East Asia’s aviation market by putting Thai ladyboys in air hostesses uniforms.
PC Air originally intended recruiting only male and female flight crew but after being inundated with over 100 applicants from Thailand’s third gender mix of ladyboys and kathoeys, they decided to take the airline industry to new heights by staffing their crews with transsexuals.
The employment of four transgender air hostesses by PC Air is viewed as another major breakthrough by Thailand’s third sex in their fight for equality and career advancement at work.
Photo source Reuters
Each applicant who reached the final recruitment stage had to undergo an extended interview process to make sure their characteristics and motions were definitely on the feminine side. One of those successful was Thanyarat Jiraphatpakorn, winner of the 2007 Miss Tiffany beauty contest. She had this to say:
“At first I thought they would just take applications but not actually recruit us, as happened at other places before.”
PC Air chairman Peter Chan personally took charge of selecting the airline’s four transgender air hostesses from the overwhelming amount of transsexuals applying for the sought after positions. Chan wanted to be 100% sure those selected for a lucrative airline career met even stricter criteria set for male and female candidates.
Each ladyboy and kathoey applying for a position had to have a strong feminine side without any signs of the flaws which had eliminated numerous male and female applicants. Chan explained the bad traits he looked to weed out of the interview process.
‘For male flight attendants, if I don’t want to hire them, it’s because of their attitude or their characters, like the way they walk and smile. For female flight attendants, if they have no patience and their character does not qualify, we won’t hire them.’
The airline is planning to start flight schedules sometime next month (April).
I quite like PC Air’s slogan ….’I believe it’s “my way”.’
I wonder how many western tourists have taken a Thai bar ‘girl’ back to their hotel room only to discover it’s a ladyboy who’s whispering those words into their ear. They sound very painful words. A pain in the butt slogan if there ever was one.
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