Saturday, June 01, 2019

As Air India releases new rules, airline to deem crew unhealthy to fly for 18 months as permanently unfit

New Delhi: In what is being largely seen as a discriminatory move, government-owned Air India has announced set new fitness rules for its crew members.

According to its new fitness rules, the national airline makes a distinction between its Permanently Medically Unfit (PMU) and Temporary Medically Unfit (TMU) crew.

As per the guidelines, accessed by India Today TV, if an Air India crew member remains unfit to fly for 18 months, he/she will be deemed to the PMU category.

The category also includes crew members having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of above 30 for more than a year. BMI is a measure based on the height and weight of a person. It is used as a way to calculate the health risks of carrying any excess fat. Such crew members will not be reverted back to flying duties under any circumstances.

The new fitness guidelines, signed by the Medical Executive Director of Air India, were released on May 24.

The Temporary Medically Unfit category allows a maximum one week for acute conditions and three weeks for long chronic illness at a time.

In 2014, Air India had grounded around 100 crew members after it came up with a fresh set of body mass index (BMI) rules for the staff.

When India Today contacted Air India, the airline spokesperson refused to comment on the new development.
01/06/19 Pankaj Upadhyay/India Today

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