Thursday, May 18, 2006

IA to ground overweight air-hostesses

New Delhi: As part of attempts to improve its look and feel, the state-owned Indian Airlines has asked its cabin crew members — both air-hostesses and male stewards — to shape up or disembark.
The airline has done away with the 3-kg excess weight grace, and decided to ground cabin crew who are found exceeding their ideal weight by even 1 kg, Indian Airlines chairman and managing director Vishwapati Trivedi told TOI.
"We are part of the service industry, and have to be more presentable. So we are trying to get the cabin crew members to be fit. If any cabin crew member — male or female — is found to be exceeding the ideal weight according to his or her height, the person will be grounded and not allowed to perform in-flight duties," he said.
The ‘overweight' person would be taken off flight duties and given 45 days to shape up.
18/05/06 Byas Anand/Times of India
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