Airline gives ‘obese’ crew members notice to lose weight or be grounded

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Pakistan’s national airline, Pakistan International Airlines, has reportedly instructed heavy flight crew members to lose weight in the first six months of 2019 or risk being grounded.

Not that you can expect any pushback from feminists or social justice warriors in the Muslim majority South Asian country whining about body shaming.

And while that might be another story in other parts of the world, given the tight space restrictions on a given flight, if any industry is justified in taking an active interest in the size of its employees, it may be airlines.

After all, we all know how narrow those aisles are!

Either way, routine weigh-ins for flight attendants are now the order of the day.

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On Jan. 2, Pakistani outlet ARY News published a memo detailing that management for the airline has decided to “gradually reduce waiver of 30 lbs. excess weight to zero lbs. in upcoming months for the cabin crew.”

“If any crew found above 30 lbs. from the desired weight after 31st Jan, 2019, will be grounded and referred to Air Crew Medical Center for medical evaluation & treatment until weight is reduced up to desired standard/BMI,” the memo reads. “Henceforth, 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.”


PIA spokesperson Mashhood Tajwar described the mandate as a “regular, routine matter,” and said it will require around 100 cabin crew members to lose weight by July 1, according to Fox News.

“No one would like to have shabby crew in the aircraft,” Tajwar said, which suggests restricted space is not the only factor at play.

While there are some who say employers should have the right to have grooming requirements in place for employees, in an age where “body shaming” is a thing and plus size women celebrate their “self-love,” there are plenty who feel otherwise.

There was a time when Disney had strict appearance guidelines in place that governed cast members in “on-stage” positions, where they would be visible to theme park guests. And while those restrictions are now relaxed, they still exist.

Some on social media argue that this is a sign that the airline cares about its employees, others say that most airlines have similar policies. A few even suggested it was a move to save fuel.

Here’s a sampling of  responses from Twitter:

The suggested weight for a “medium frame” 5′ 7″ tall woman is reportedly 133 to 147 pounds, according to a suggested weight chart.

That this mandate came one day before Pakistan announced an endeavor to revive PIA as a profitable institution is open to interpretation.


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