Homosexual protest over Air France flights to Iran

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 10:01 PM

Air France is in hot water again over plans to resume flights to Iran this month.

Homosexual protest over Air France flights to Iran

Air France is in hot water again over plans to resume flights to Iran this month.

More than 10.000 people have signed an online petition calling on the airline to authorize homosexual cabin crew members to opt out of flights to Tehran, which are due to resume on April seventeen. They declare airline staff shouldn't be forced to fly to a country where homosexuals are persecuted and could face the death penalty.

Just latest week, Air France (AFLYY) bowed to union pressure and agreed to authorize female air hostesses and pilots to opt out of flights to Iran if they've concerns about the country'south strict dress code.

Laurent M., who initiated the petition, wrote: "For ethical reasons ... it's inconceivable to force someone to go to a country where his kind are condemned for who they are."

Air France said it's number plans to modify policy in this instance. The airline already flies to nearly twenty other countries that have "restrictive legislation relating to homosexuality," including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, India and Nigeria, it said in a statement emailed to CNNMoney.

"We've not had any issues in recent years in [these] countries," it added. "Air France management carries out fixed monitoring to ensure that all members of its flight crews can carry out their duties in the safest possible conditions."

Lufthansa (DLAKY) has been flying to Iran for years. A spokesperson for the German carrier told CNNMoney it's never heard about any staff concerns related to homosexual persecution in Iran.

Related: Boeing works to drum up business in Iran

Iran is staging a large economic comeback after global powers agreed to lift sanctions that'd kept the country isolated for many years. The removal of sanctions was portion of a deal designed to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

However, Air France'south latest headache illustrates the kind of tensions that can occur as Western companies attempt to do business with the country.

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