Big Problem? AI Grounds 130 Crew Who Fail To Lose Weight
Troubled Air India has plenty of issues
for its new CEO to deal with. Apparently the airline has decided that
overweight flight attendants is a big one.
AI says it will permanently ground 130
cabin crew, who failed to shed pounds after a crackdown began last year. The
carrier imposes a strict body mass index (BMI) for cabin crew, male and female
Tests carried out last year found 600 of
its 3,500 crew members to be in the ‘overweight’ or ‘obese’ category. They were
ordered to undergo clinical examinations and agree to lifestyle changes to lose
weight, according to the Telegraph.
Of those 600, 130 failed a reassessment
and will be reassigned to ground-based roles.
“We are now declaring them permanently
unfit for their job as flight attendants,” AI told the newspaper. “People who
are fitter can respond quicker and more efficiently in case of any untoward
A member of the All India Cabin Crew
Association called the move “ridiculous.” “Any industry insider would vouch
that Air India flight attendants are the best, mainly because of their long
experience. So, this guideline and the management's decision to follow it to
the letter is unacceptable.”