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Garuda faces criticism for semi-naked breast checks SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - Garuda Indonesia, the country\'s flag carrier, is facing strong criticism after reports claim it is conducting near-naked physical checks for South Korean flight attendant jobs, local media reported on Wednesday.

During last month\'s recruitment, Garuda Indonesia is said to have required female flight attendant candidates in South Korea to strip down - with the exception of their underwear - and lie on a bed. An Indonesian male doctor would then proceed to physically check the candidates\' breasts, the Korea Herald reported.

Some of the candidates complained about the checks, resulting in strong criticism against the airline\'s application procedures. However, Garuda officials argued that the procedure is part of a \'screening regulation,\' adding that similar examinations are carried out at other international airlines.

According to reports, a Garuda spokesperson said breast palpation was conducted to check for breast implants because of health risks caused by sharp changes in air pressure inside the aircraft. In addition, a complete skin examination was carried out to check for tattoos, which are prohibited due to religious guidelines. Furthermore, the spokesperson said the same procedures are conducted in their Japanese and Australian branches.

LeeKoo Kyung-sook of Korean Women\'s Association United called the situation unconvincing and questioned whether Garuda\'s procedure qualifies as sexual assault. Regarding breast implants, she said the ban is absurd and called for clear explanations.


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