A young man at my seminar recently asked why shouldn't the airlines accept people with tattoos as their crew.
Politely, I told him most employers view tattoos as a mark of gangsterism and bad behavior.
The Yakuzas or gangsters in Japan would normally have their bodies tattooed to show who they are and which organised gangs they belong to. The Russian Mafia also tattooed their bodies.
The Nazi Germans tattooed their Jewish prisoners. In the old days of slavery, the slaves were tattooed. Some had their foreheads tattooed "runaway slave".
Many religions like Islam, Christianity, Judaism forbid their followers to wear tattoos.
Coming back to my participant's question, I told him the airlines do not want their passengers to feel intimidated by tattoo wearing crew . As I have said earlier, tattoos are usually associated with gangs and thugs and so it's not appropriate to be part of the airline uniform.
The questioner was an innocent young man who thought tattoos are fashionable and stylish. Under present day thinking I agreed with his view but nevertheless I think the airlines do not.
Today, that gentleman is a cabin crew with an established airline.