Friday, November 25, 2016

Air India clips wings of 25 obese female cabin crew members

Air India has grounded 25 of its female cabin crew members for being ‘obese’. The national carrier’s chairman and managing director (CMD) Ashwani Lohani had in an internal meeting, in June this year, told 110 overweight crew members to maintain the body mass index (BMI) prescribed (see box) by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) within six months’ time.

The aviation regulator’s guidelines state that ideal BMI for a woman cabin crew member should be between 18 to 22, while for males it has to be between 18 and 25. According to the latest statistics, of the 110 overweight Air India crew members, 60 were found to be obese. Twenty five of the obese crew members — all women — from all over the country have now been grounded, meaning that they are debarred from flying and are being given ground staff duty.

Mr Lohani said, “We are being more strict about the crew members’ BMI, as they had been given time to achieve the required BMI. With the shortage of around 1,800 crewmembers, we have recruited 300 crewmembers and are in the process of hiring 300 more people for cabin crew.”
25/11/16 Neha L.M.Tripathi/The Asian Age