Big Problem? AI Grounds 130 Crew Who Fail To Lose Weight

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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 alike.


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 situation.”


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.”

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