Aviation

Too fat to fly? 600 Air India air hostesses found overweight

MUMBAI

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has left 600 Air India air hostesses in a lurch as they were found overweight and unfit for flying, according to the DGCA’s new requirements on body weight, vision and hearing.

According to a Mumbai Mirror report,the air hostesses were declared ‘temporarily unfit for six months’. The report said, “If they fail to improve in 18 months, they will be declared as permanently unfit. A Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18 and 25 is categorised as normal for males, 25 to 29.9 is overweight, while 30 and above is categorised as obese. For women, a normal BMI would fall between 18 and 22, while 22 to 27 is considered overweight and above 27 points to obesity.”

Moreover, staff would be put through regular medical examinations until the age of 40. The tests would be made more regular for air hostesses who were 50-years and above. They examinations would include physical and mental tests, in addition to visual, colour perception and hearing tests. Crew members with any abnormality or disability or injury would also not be allowed to fly.

Read more at Firstpost

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