Airline Hiring Back 'Overweight' Flight Attendants

Posted Dec 2nd 2010 12:50 PMUpdated Dec 2nd 2010 01:23 PM


Cash-strapped Air India is trying to hire back flight attendants the airline fired last year saying the women were overweight.

Experiencing a major shortage of cabin crew, the carrier has approached nine of the 10 women with offers, according to news reports.

"About three of them have indicated that they would be willing to come back," a spokesman says.

But the women will be required to stay slim enough to meet the carrier's strict staff weight requirements – based on height and age – if they want their old jobs back.

"We are not relaxing our standards," the spokesman says.

At the time of the firings, the carrier said the crew members were significantly overweight and had been given time to slim down.

In August, Turkish Airlines likewise said it was giving 28 flight attendants six months off to lose weight or face reassignment. The group placed on unpaid leave included 13 women and five men.

Some of the fired Indian flight attendants have tried unsuccessfully in the country's courts to have Air India's policy changed.

Meanwhile, an Indian newspaper reports Air India may run out of cash and be unable to pay its staff after March, unless it gets a government bailout.

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Few companies want to hire FAT cows. Many FAT women stinks. And on a airplane its worst do to lack of space. No matter how many times these fat cows take a bath, shower they still stink. For some reason women washes every thing but there HMMM. I don't blame the airlines for firing them. Its to bad they need to hiring them back. I know I will hear from women who disagree with me. But there the ones who are FAT and DO stink. The only reason they don't think they stink is because there use of there own odor..

December 03 2010 at 3:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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To Tony: Anyone Stinks if they do not bathe! You really should learn to properly use the English language!

December 04 2010 at 6:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was on a flight that had an overweight flight attendant. It was a small jet and her butt was as wide as the isle. I was putting eye drops in when she came up from behind me and hit my elbow with her hip. The eye drop dispenser hit my eye. My retina was torn and detached from this accident. It was a very painful experience. I'm all for this policy.

December 03 2010 at 10:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Gee, define "overweight." The news article stated "overweight" not "obese." To some, overweight could be just 10 lbs., to others 20 and so on.
As an aside, men's attitudes kill me: So if a woman has an extra 15 lbs on her frame and it's in breasts & some in butt, is that overweight? According to some of you, is she then "overweight" -- well overweight IS overweight, right? and should she then be hired? What if that same 15 lbs over desired weight was evenly distributed over her entire body? Or it's only ok if the overweight big-busted flight attendant is leaning over you to give you a pillow? Who cares if she's "bumping" into you?
And how overweight are the pilots? And what about male flight attendants? Are their different rules for men than women?
Food for thought ;)) I'm onto you all.

December 03 2010 at 7:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

At least they do their own aircraft repairs in country. Unlike the airlines in America that outsource to communist china and third world countries and Scab vendors.

December 03 2010 at 6:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

When they get up to about 35,000 feet, they don't weigh as much.

December 03 2010 at 2:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They charge for baggage, patially to encourage lighter weight and more fuel efficiency. Same thing should apply to obese flight attendants.

December 02 2010 at 11:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Keri Caye

Idiots in suites at a desk years ago, decided only paper thin and starving humans can do their job.. Bollocks to that! Chauvenistic fools men can be for being so demanding.
I dont care what the size of any flight attendant is: male or long as they're doing their jobs well, and sadly have to put up with the people they have to serve.
1. Unthankful fools.
2. Please put that UP THERE for me (lazy people)
3. Women who forget to bring a darn binky for their baby
4. demanding passengers
I thank them each chance I get.
And if I could, I'd love to kiss and hug the pilots for a safe landing! (oh just kidding)
Well Im not, they can be very cute.

December 02 2010 at 11:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Gina, pleeze to planet earth a favor and get a darn education and Dave maybe you should lose some weight yourself..IDIOTS

December 02 2010 at 8:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

A friend of ours has traveled the WORLD and said the worst most vile place on earth is INDIA! She said it was the dirtiest place she's ever been to and the horrors that are going on over there to their women and children are barbaric and disgusting! She got very ill while in India and came back home, went to her dr and was told she had luekimeia. She died almost a year after returning from India and always thought she got sick from something over there. Of course she traveled the world so who's to say where she got sick but because that country is so foul she always blamed them.

December 02 2010 at 8:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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@Gina, Luekemia is essentially a group of cancers *none* of which are contagious. You don't "catch" it by going to country x. It is sad that your friend passed but if you really were that interested in what was happening to her that fact could not have escaped you.

December 02 2010 at 8:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have traveled to India on four different occasions two to four weeks at a time using trains, planes, taxis, motorized "rickshaws" and even driving myself. The country is amazing, with a wonderful people, culture, history, and heritage. The fact that their definition of a five star hotel might differ from our definition, or that their standard of living might differ from our own does NOT make them inferior, dirty, or less than civil. It merely means that we should be grateful that we are more materially blessed than most of the remaining 95% of the population of the world.

Yes, the population of the entire country of the USA is only 5% of that of the remaining world population, with the population of India more than three times that of the USA, all of these people living in a country within a total land area smaller than the USA. [It is the second most populous country in the world (over 1.18 billion people), more than a sixth of the world's population (which currently comes to 17.31% of the world's population). India is projected to be the world's most populous country by 2025, surpassing China.]

I said all of that to say that it is unfair to say the least to judge the culture or norms of one country based solely upon a limited understanding of one's own. One should never listen to the negative opinions of others and pass judgment on anything without having experienced it themselves. You really should visit India and decide for yourself. I think you would love it!

March 03 2011 at 12:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hi Todd!

I'm not going to bother asking that you avoid offensive terminology. Say what you like the way you like whenever you like, and deal with the consequences. But for the sake of people who want to agree with you at least on the "stupid" part, do strive for accuracy!

From the CIA World Factbook:

Hindu 80.5%, Muslim 13.4%, Christian 2.3%, Sikh 1.9%, other 1.8%, unspecified 0.1% (2001 census)

December 02 2010 at 7:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply