Via the Times Online:
Call it a heavy defeat: ten air hostesses employed by Air India have been dismissed for being too fat to fly.
The state-owned carrier handed the staff their papers over Christmas after they failed to slim down to meet company weight restrictions, which are calculated according to height and age. The cabin crew members had been grounded for months after losing a landmark legal battle in June.
Sheila Joshi, 51, an Air India hostess with 27 years’ service who lodged an unsuccessful petition with the Indian High Court to declare the airline’s weight policy unconstitutional, said: “It is incredibly upsetting that working women are being targeted. This is not a modelling job; we are not working a catwalk.”
This is just ridiculous on the part of Air India, in my opinion. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this at Emirates or Singapore, where being a flight attendant is more of a job you have for a few years than an actual career, but this is wrong for airlines like Air India, where being a flight attendant is a career you can have for 30 years.
This just comes to show you how extreme different companies are. On one hand you have Air India, where I’m betting these flight attendants were moderately overweight, while on the other hand you have the US airlines, where some flight attendants literally can’t fit through the aisle. I think there should be weight/size restrictions, but only to the point that you can perform your duties without your weight/size causing any issues. 😉