The UK Border Agency is reportedly set to ban Emirates airlines’ first-class shower attendants from assisting on flights in and out of the country as they are not licensed to do the job.
Emirates airlines has plush shower suites on their A380s and a dedicated shower attendant on long-haul flights, however these staff members do not have to go through the same training as cabin crew, are paid less and are considered non-licensed.
According to the travel blog One Mile at a Time, Emirates will no longer be using shower attendants on UK flights “effective immediately”.
The reason for the move is because the UK Border Agency has told the airline that there are restrictions in place regarding the entry of non-licensed crew.
However, reports said that Emirates has been providing the shower service with attendants for the past 10 years so it is unclear why the UK authorities have taken action now.
It is believed that extra cabin crew will have to cover the shower attendants’ tasks, including keeping the bathroom clean between passenger use.
An Emirates spokesperson told local media that they will “abide by the rules and regulations of the respective issuing country for our operating crew”.
According to reports, Emirates operates the A380 on flights to London, Glasgow, Birmingham and Manchester.
Along with Abu Dhabi’s Etihad, the airlines are the only companies to currently offer in-flight showers.
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