Lose some kilos or... : Pakistan International Airlines warns 'obese' cabin crew

Flight attendant helping passenger

Flight attendant helping passenger

A Pakistani airline has told its crew members that if they are too overweight, they soon won't be able to fly.

Pakistan International Airlines has allegedly instructed "obese" employees of its cabin crew to lose weight in the first six months of 2019 or risk losing their jobs, according to reports.

"If any crew [is] found above 30 lbs from the desired weight.[he/she] will be grounded and referred to Air Crew Medical Center for medical evaluation and treatment until weight is reduced up to the desired standared/BMI", the order states.

It was issued to ensure that the flight attendants were "slim, smart and fit", Tajwar said.

He described the crackdown on overweight flight crew as a "regular, routine matter", and suggested that the memo was issued as standards for weight had lapsed over time.

He said that the initiative was to improve both the appearance and health of the staff, and insisted that PIA was not the only airline to be making such demands.

In the 1950s, flight attendants were subjected to harsh and unfair restrictions by airlines to look a certain way.

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Although "excess weight" may make your luggage charge increase, Pakistan International Airlines is now threatening some crew members with being grounded over "excess weight" on their bodies.

According to guidelines, a 5ft 7in woman of "medium frame" should weigh no more than 147lbs, or 10-and-a-half stone.

Recently, PIA took to Twitter to proudly celebrate the achievements of its cabin crew.

They have six months to lose 30lbs (13.6kg). Women who have a BMI that ranges from 23 to 27 are considered obese.

Staff were reportedly also given a chart showing the different weight bands depending on their height. For male attendants the brackets were 18 to 25, 25 to 30, and above.

"People who are fitter can respond quicker and more efficiently in case of any untoward situation", a spokesperson told The Telegraph in Calcutta in 2015.

The airline claims that passengers have complained about cabin crew being "obese" over the previous year, but it did not elaborate on how many complaints had been received.

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