On my recent visit to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, less than a month ago, me and most of my male friends were fascinated by the beauty of Turkish women. We’re talking about young women, so far. Some were distracted, while some others felt grateful to see Allah’s great creations. Me, on the other hand, I prefer both. So, we came into conclusion that their genes are combinations from (at least) best of two worlds, Arabic and Europe. Such quick evaluation were based only by seeing their faces, of course. Weren’t we a good observer, or what?
This issue continued until our flight back to Jakarta by Etihad, an airlines based on Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. We heard that the cabin crews are originated from UAE countries. The hair is blonde, the skin is white, but the face is Arabic. Pretty combination, no? And since Etihad, like Emirates (Qatar) is famous for serving first class flight, though we took economy seats, we expected the best service.
But there was something surprising while the aircraft prepared for take off. As usual, the flight attendants were checking passenger’s cabin luggage, making sure that all top compartments were closed and safely locked. Suddenly, a stewardess reached a top compartment by stepping her right foot on a left side of a passenger’s seat. She meant to gain more pressure to close the lid by doing so. The passenger whose felt his seat was pressed by her foot, turned his head and… he found himself looked closely on her hips down. ‘Astaghfirullah!’, then he quickly turned back his head. And you know what? The male passenger was our ustadz!
Like any ordinary man, the man should felt uncomfortable. But the question was, was it polite for a cabin crews to step on a seat to close the lid? Or was it too high, or too heavy so that she couldn’t close it normally? I didn’t know, I didn’t asked her. All I thought that It was not polite. During flight, everything went well. Meal were fine. Only some minor events when elderly removed their seat belts, rose from their seats and went to a toilet nearby while the seat belt sign were on. They weren’t aware of that sign, so frequently the stewardess asked them to return to their seats.
When I was home, I created new connections of scattered ideas in my head. Whether Turkish airlines were valued for their top airline services, by having beautiful Turkish ladies as their cabin crew? From few resources on the net, I found this top 10 list of most beautiful flight attendants. It is unofficial, but the opinion reflects how ‘beautiful’ is measured. Is it only a matter of pretty faces? Good news, it’s not!
Check out how Singapore Airlines (SQ) tops many major airlines like Emirates, Etihad, or Virgin Atlantic. How come Singapore Girls wins over Arab or British Girls? Is it only because Asian beauty is more preferable? Nope, and here’s the answer: hospitality! It is how well they behave and serve their customers. Some people said that by nature (and culture?), Asian women are better in serving others. That includes the smile, gestures, and even voice. That simply makes people look even more beautiful, right? And that also means I wouldn’t expect one of them step on my seat to lock the open lid.
Beauty is defined in so many languages, at least more than just a look. Let’s just quote a tagline from a healthy vitamin drink, “Beauty inside, fresh outside”. Whatever that means. And by the way, visit Turkey, anyone?
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