Flabby cabin staff battle 'slim' order

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    Flabby cabin staff battle 'slim' order

    Flight attendants who have failed to meet new weight and shape standards set by Thai Airways International have turned to the labour department for help.
    The attendants have accused THAI of discrimination and of violating their rights and are also threatening to lodge a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission.
    But THAI's management insisted yesterday it was necessary to maintain weight standards.
    The vice president for products and customer services, Teerapol Chotechanapibal, denied the airline was violating staff's rights by imposing body mass index (BMI) and waistline controls on flight attendants.
    Mr Teerapol said THAI had told the attendants last May that female attendants must limit their BMI to 25 points and their waistline to 32 inches (81cm), and male attendants must limit their BMI to 27.5 points and their waistline to 35 inches (89cm).
    The regulation took effect in June and staff were given six months to comply. Those who failed the tests were shifted to domestic routes or single-day round trips, which makes them ineligible for international flight allowances.
    Flight attendants unable to comply after a year will be transferred to ground services.

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