Flight attendants for Israel's national airline have prevailed as El Al decided Thursday to undo its recently announced rule of requiring all female stewardesses to wear high heels aboard flights.
The new work condition was put in place by El Al in early June and quickly faced backlash from women's rights groups as well as the flight attendants, themselves.
Israel's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission soon got involved demanding an "explanation" for the company's new policy from El Al chairman David Maimon.
Economy Minister Aryeh Deri (Shas) has also weighed in on the issue, taking the attendants' side.
Following the request from the EEOC, El Al's management determined that the company's flight attendants may now choose between two types of shoes – the standard orthopedic high-heeled shoe used by flight attendants or orthopedic shoes with a minimum heel.
The company indicated that both types of shoes will be provided by the airline.
EEOC commissioner Tziona Koenig-Yair welcomed the decision and expressed happiness that the appeal to El Al "fell on attentive ears and translated into practice."