May 10, 2009

Flight commander calls for fireproof bras

A Swedish helicopter fleet commander says his female crew members should be equipped with fireproof brassieres.

Group Captain Micael Byden says women are not being given the same safety consideration as men because the equipment furnished to them is not up to the standards of clothing designed with men in mind, the Swedish news agency TT reported Sunday.

It is a question of basic safety, Byden told local newspaper Ostgota Correspondenten. You can not have anything close to the body that can be set alight when you are flying.

TT reported that Byden also said he doubted if fireproof panties are being provided to female flyers, guessing they are probably being forced to serve while wearing male underwear.