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Hundreds Of Bali Airport Workers Could Lose Their Job Due To Tattoos And Piercings

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Over 300 of Bali Ngurah Rai Airport Security Guards could lose their jobs due to their tattoos and piercings.

A decree was recently issued by Angkasa Pura I Ltd for Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport regarding a new regulation that will discontinue the airport security guards’ contracts for having body modifications such as tattoos and piercings. In response many have are voicing their disapproval by visiting a Bali Senator, I Nyoman Parta.

Bali airport passengers arrive

Parta confirmed that many of the airport security staff were afraid to lose their job because of this discriminative policy.

“Many of them became mad and nervous after learning the new requirements to extend their working contracts with the Bali airport, and think that this is unfair.” Parta said on Tuesday (23/11).

Parta also said that this policy is unreasonable, especially for the staff that have been working for many years while having their tattoos and piercings long before they were recruited.

Tourists at arrivals in airport

“It’s funny when they become unable to extend their contract while nobody can see their tattoos as it’s covered under the uniforms.” Parta added.

Meanwhile the Coordinator of Airport Security Guards, Wayan Suatrawan and Agus Mamik Santosa said that prior to this contract renewal, they’ve never had any problem as all of them were the licensed security staff and have been working for over 10 years with the airport.

Passegners leaving airport

The Stakeholder Relation Manager of Bali Airport, Taufan Yudhistira confirmed that 300 of the airport’s security staff will potentially lose their job as the corporation will only need 900 people from a total of 1,200 security staff and explained that this new policy is expected to be implemented when the economy gets better.

Bali Airport arrivals hallway

“We are conducting this selection as they need to renew their working contracts. And about this new policy, we plan to start implementing it on the next period when the corporation and our economy show some positive changes,” Yudhistira said.

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Sunday 28th of November 2021

Government target the rich tourist . When the target tourist leaves their glam hotel they find the government has neglected the streets and govt infrastructure .

Christine Bagnall

Saturday 27th of November 2021

That is unfair. I hope this story is made up!


Friday 26th of November 2021

It's actually sad. Not the fact about body modifications itself, but just because it's pure discrimination and division. It's really sad. Look where we're heading. Society is getting more and more insensitive and more cruel. It makes me really think of what I'm doing, where I'm going and especially with whom. It's not jokes anymore.

Mary Louise

Friday 26th of November 2021

This is crazy..if a good worker how can this happen


Friday 26th of November 2021

The question that needs to be asked is how does a tattoo or body piercing affect ones ability to do their job? Appears to be another draconian policy deliberately discriminating a targeted group with no basis. The airport authorities should rather direct their focus on re-establishing international flights that will restore tourism and the local economy.