Malindo Air is in hot water for requesting female candidates to strip down to their bras at a walk-in interview that was held in March. The Malay Mail first broke the news on Wednesday (5th April).

In response to this, the airlines’ competitors – AirAsia and Firefly Airlines – took to social media to poke fun at the controversy.

Source: Marketing Magazine

In a new recruitment ad, AirAsia took an obvious jab at Malindo Air with the phrase, “We won’t ask you to strip down – Just zip up and be a part of the world’s best low-cost airline team.”

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On the other hand, Firefly used word “strip” to highlight its low airfares. In their ad, they wrote, “The only strip down we do is our prices, only RM99.”

However, these punny ads were short-lived as they can no longer be found on AirAsia and Firefly’s respective Facebook pages. But luckily for you, netizens were quick to screenshot it.

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Source: NST/Marketing Magazine

Meanwhile, Malindo Air has denied the “strip check” report. In a Facebook statement, they said that the grooming checks are conducted privately by female supervisors. This is to ensure that the candidates have no visible scars, tattoos, or pimples that could be seen through the uniform.

They added, “Herein candidates are briefed ahead and consent from each candidate is required prior proceeding to ensure there is no prominent marks will be visible while wearing the uniform.”

What do you think about AirAsia and Firefly’s response ad? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below!

Sources: NST, Malaysiakini, The Star.

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