Air hostesses told to shed weight

“An Indian court has ruled against a group of female flight attendants who were grounded from the national airline for being overweight. The court said that state-owned Indian Airlines had the right to take the step in the interest of flight safety and in the face of growing competition.The flight attendants had argued that the move was demeaning. The airline began a system of measuring air hostesses based on their height and weight last year.The Delhi High Court has ruled in favour of the airline, saying that with aircraft flying at higher altitudes, the safety of the passengers depended on the crew’s ability to perform.’No airline can afford to remain lax in any department whatsoever, be it the personality of the crew members of their physical fitness,’ Justice Rekha Sharma said. ‘If by perseverance, the snail could reach the Ark, why can’t these worthy ladies stand on and turn the scale.'”Read more at the BBC News.

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