Air India Sacks Overweight Flight Attendants Over Safety Concerns

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    In the US there are no age or weight restrictions for flight attendants, which is certainly a source of laughter for many who criticize the US airline industry. I've had an 80+ year old flight attendant, and while she was absolutely delightful, there's something a bit odd about us being conditioned to believe that flight attendants are actually "flight safety professionals," when some of them can barely walk down the aisle anymore. Meanwhile at some non-US airlines, the requirements are quite the opposite -- there are height, age, weight, and even appearance requirements. Cabin crew are basically hired as "models" who just happen to provide service as well. And then there are some airlines which have policies somewhere inbetween. Specifically, Air India is taking a lot of heat after firing 130 cabin crew for being overweight. Admittedly Air India isn't exactly known for being the most glamorous airline out there, which is why these layoffs are puzzling to some. Air India is claiming to be sacking the crew over "safety concerns." The post Air India Sacks Overweight Flight Attendants Over Safety Concerns appeared first on One Mile at a Time.

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