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Thailand's new PC Air first airline in country to hire transsexual flight attendants
Thailand has one of the world's largest transsexual, or "third sex" populations, and its surgeons have achieved a global reputation for providing relatively affordable, easily accessible sex change operations (which pertain to the transgender, not transsexual, population). PC Air doesn't require sexual reassignment surgery; rather, applicants need to meet criteria that include language and customer service skills.
While many Thai transsexuals are involved in prostitution or more legitimate forms of entertainment, PC Air's president, Peter Chan, wants to provide more opportunity for the trans community. "I think these people can have many careers, not just in the entertainment business, and many of them have a dream to be an air hostess...When it's their dream job or the job they love, they can do it even better," he says. "Our society has changed -- it's evolution. I'm a pioneer, and I'm sure there will be (other) organizations following my idea."