An Air India’s Cabin Crew are set to grounded or forcibly retired after they have been repeatedly warned to lose weight.
23 June, 2016 – Most of the cabin crew members around 130, including many of the women are facing the big problem in coming days as the government denied to move on the airline’s request.
In may 2014, The Directorate general of civil aviation issued a notice which clearly mentioned that the cabin crew must regulate their weight meeting their Body Mass Index(BMI). However, they failed to meet the standard weight even after the 18 month deadline. This resulted to categorize cabin crew as “normal”,”overweight” and “obese”.
According to source, the staff would either be placed as ground staff or will be asked for retirement. After the repeated attempts to reach both the airlines and the civil aviation ministry to get them on record, it has not been successful so far. The ministry wanted to turn down the request from air India to reconsider the decision saying regulations are prescribed for sound technical reasons but failed.
As many as 600 cabin crew members , both male and female were found to be unfit when the initial proposal was announced in 2014. They were asked to lose their weight in order to fly. This issue had again come soon after the deadline was passed. But the members having overweight could not adhere to the norms.