Everyone loved Aer Lingus' gesture on International Women’s Day – well, almost everyone
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Everyone loved Aer Lingus' gesture on International Women’s Day – well, almost everyone

THURSDAY, March 8 marked International Women’s and Aer Lingus marked the occasion with a special gesture for female passengers.

The Irish airline literally put women first by offering female passengers priority boarding on all short-haul flights.

Describing women as a driving force across the airline, the company also produced a short film celebrating the female members of staff who ‘make our airline soar’.

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Their offer appeared to be well received…

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Although there’s always one chancer…

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And of course there were plenty of people like this inquiring about a similar gesture for men on International Men’s Day…

Others thought the gesture was sexist…

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Also to mark the day, an Aer Lingus flight from Dublin to New York was managed by an all-female crew.

Over 2,000 of Aer Lingus’ 4,200 employees are female, while the airline was one of the first in Europe to employ a female pilot.

Gráinne Cronin flew her first flight in January 1978 as a vice-captain and became the airline’s first female captain 10 years later.

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