Emirates has been expanding at break neck speed in every possible nook and corner of the world. With vast amounts of easy funding available, the airline is definitely not short on cash but sometimes it’s those small policy quirks that can cause some issues. Lately Emirates has been pushing its staff to wear flag pins based on the nationalities stated in their passports. This seems to be a move to highlight the internationalization within the airline which can be seen as a great public relations move but they forget that it can equally be a touchy subject also for many people.
Case in point here is the Hong Kong based staff of the airline who were mandated to wear China flag pins but were later switched to both HK and China flag pins after a lot of upset staff complained about it. They were resentful in wearing just China flag pins finally settled for a compromise of having both flag pins on their uniforms.
The staff who had no option but to comply with these changes as any violation would be deemed harmful to their career progression within the airline. Understandably the airline has been able to resolve the matter for now but what remains to be seen is about how long can this status-quo be maintained. Will we see more clashes on this matter or the tight regulations of Middle east airlines have the last say.