Thai airline employs ‘ladyboys’

20th Dec 2011
Written by: Mary Short

Thai airline employs ‘ladyboys’

Thailand is famous for a number of things; its amazing attractions, its beautiful beaches and its colourful cuisine to name but a few. It’s also famous for its ladyboys.

One airline, PC Air, is due to commence its maiden flight on the 24th December from Bangkok to Vientiane, Laos, with four ladyboys among its cabin crew, becoming one of the first airlines to employ transgender people.

More than 100 job applications were received from transvestites and transsexuals. The four ladyboys will work alongside 19 female and seven male flight attendants.

PC Air said that the interview process treated the ladyboys as though they were female applicants, with the added condition that they walk and talk like women, using a feminine voice.

Peter Chan, owner of PC Air, said: “It’s our policy to promote equality. The transvestites might provide better services than male and female (flight attendants) because they understand both male and female. And they're well-trained accordingly with the aviation standard.”

One of the ladyboys is Thanyarat Chirapatpakorn, who was crowned Miss Tiffany Universe 2007 and is best known as a model and soap opera actress who uses the name "Nong Film".

Thai ladyboys are also known as ‘katoeys’ and are widely accepted across Thailand and South East Asia.

At gapyear.com we think it’s brilliant that PC Air are striving for equality by recruiting transgender people among its employees and we hope it’s a key step towards global acceptance.

For those of you travelling to Thailand then check out our Thailand section and make sure you read Adam Lunn’s guide to Thailand.

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