British Airways Drops Ban on Wearing Crosses

January 29, 2007

Source: BBC News

British Airways is changing its uniform policy to allow all religious symbols, including crosses, to be worn openly.

BA announced a review last year after a row erupted when Heathrow check-in worker Nadia Eweida challenged a ban on her visibly wearing a cross necklace.

The airline now says it will allow religious symbols such as lapel pins and "some flexibility for individuals to wear a symbol of faith on a chain".

BA had banned crosses on chains, but allowed hijabs and turbans to be worn.

The airline argued these could be visible as part of uniform as they could not be worn underneath clothing. The distinction was condemned by bishops and a number of politicians.