By Cailey Rizzo
August 27, 2018
TUI Airways
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A German airline has been accused of sexism after passing out stickers that encouraged boys to become pilots and girls to work as cabin crew.

“The stickers were gender neutral but it’s the way that they were handed out that makes it complicated,” a passenger told Metro. “It happens implicitly all the time. The boys can have the Lego, the space rocket going to the moon, and the girls can have a little pony.”

TUI Airways has come under fire for distributing the stickers, which said “future pilot” and “future cabin crew,” in a sexist manner.

“We’re sorry to hear a small number of customers have been upset by this,” the airline said in a statement. “We think it has just been a simple mix-up since our future pilot and cabin crew stickers are designed for use for any child regardless of gender.”

Earlier this year, the airline came under scrutiny in the U.K. for having one of the largest gender pay gaps ever recorded in the country. On average, men earned twice as much as women on hourly pay.

There is still a large gender gap in aviation. Around the world, only about five percent of commercial airline pilots are women, according to the GenderGapGrader.