Airline shames ‘shabby’, ‘overweight’ cabin crew
CNN — Pakistan’s national airline is cracking down on what it terms the “excess weight” of some of its cabin crew.
A memo distributed to approximately 1,800 cabin crew working for Pakistan International Airlines says they have six months to slim down to required limits or face being grounded.
[PIA ended service to New York in 2017; the airline still flies to Toronto. – Editor]
PIA issues its crew a suggested weight chart for differing heights and body types.
For a “medium frame” woman of 5 feet 7 inches height (1.7 meters), for example, the guide is 133 to 147 pounds.
“Weight check of all the cabin crew will be carried out at their base stations respectively and comprehensive data will be maintained for perusal of management,” according to the memo, seen by CNN.
Flight crew who fail weight check must report to “grooming cell”
Those already “on weight check” need to report monthly to a “grooming cell” — the term is not defined any further — to receive clearance to fly.
Around 100 — just over 5% — of the crew would need to lose weight by July 1 to avoid grounding, Mashhood Tajwar, a PIA spokesman, told CNN.
“No one would like to have shabby crew in the aircraft,” he said, adding that the airline had received complaints about “obese” flight attendants, but did not elaborate on how many passengers had taken issue with their cabin crews’ appearances. Read more.
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