Pakistan's National Airline Asked 'Obese' Cabin Crew to Lose Weight or Be Grounded
If the employees do not adhere and get in shape within 6 months, the company is liable to ground them.
Pakistan International Airlines has run into a patch of rough weather after reports surfaced about the organisation allegedly asking its 'obese' cabin crew to lose weight or lose their jobs.
According to a report in CNN, Pakistan's national airline recently circulated a memo to about 1,800 employees working as cabin crew asking them to lose excess weight in 6 months.
Lose weight, or lose your job: Pakistan International Airlines 'tells overweight cabin crew they need to shed up to 30lbs by July or face being grounded' pic.twitter.com/iGf0sUgKVM— ABC (@farhanjamil1975) January 7, 2019
PIA also issues suggested weight chart for its crew. The acceptable weight for different body types and heights is charted out. For example, if a woman is 5 feet 7 inches tall, the acceptable weight for her would approximately be 60-65 kg.
In the latest memo, the crew members were told that the upper limit for excess weight would be cut back by about 2 kg (5 pounds).
If the employees do not adhere and get in shape within 6 months, the company is liable ground them.Those who are currently overweight will be required to attend regular 'grooming' sessions and report their progress to the authorities.
Many on social media reacted to the news and wondered whether it was th best idea to ask employees to lose weight.
No companies should force their staffs to loose weight or be grounded because we are created differently.The company should first of all provide them with doctors to check on their health status bf enforcing the law. Don’t take their job away, please.— Queen Yusuf hajara (@QHajara) January 4, 2019
It's official - I'm now too fat to be a Pakistan International Airlines flight attendant. Sad times. https://t.co/VfDF3hV0aH— Helen Coffey (@LenniCoffey) January 7, 2019
Nothing unusual. I work in luxury and most companies hire people solely based on looks. “They will learn”. Customers want to look at pretty people thou ..— Sebastian Toth (@sebtoh) January 4, 2019
I’m not sure that focusing on their employees weight is the way to go, although I’m sure that’s it’s probably in the fine print of their contracts. Perhaps being able to pass a medical test, similar to the ones the pilots are required to do, would be more appropriate.— Naranjita Dulce (@NaranjitaDulce) January 4, 2019
Get them more comfortable uniforms shirts buttons get tight in air .their attire needs to be serviceable comfortable their job is not easy .— Gillian call (@gillian_call) January 4, 2019
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