A Pakistani airline has told cabin staff that they have to weaken, otherwise they risk losing their jobs. A notice was sent to 1,800 employees by company managers, warning them that they could be weighed in the coming months.
Flight attendants will be given ground loads if they do not reach the target weight.
It seems that Pakistan International Airlines has received customer complaints about the weight of staff, which has led to managers’ concerns that staff would look unkempt.
The notification was made public after it was obtained by ARY News.
Any employee who will have over 15 kg of the desired weight after January 31, 2019 will be left on the ground and will be referred to the Medical Center for a medical assessment and treatment until body weight reaches the desired standard.
Employees have time to change their weight by July 1, according to the notification.
It is not clear what the weight is, but a spokesman said the notification was a simple way to remind employees that they must be weak and physically fit.
Mashhood Tajwar, a spokesperson for the company, has confirmed that the notification is real, and is also a normal, routine procedure, according to CNN.
He said the initiative has the role to improve the look and health of staff. Moreover, he insisted that Pakistan International Airlines is not the only company with such requests.
“Nobody would want unarmed staff aboard,” he said. According to him, the company received complaints about obese flight attendants.
Around 100 people, or 5% of all employees, should get rid of extra pounds, according to Tajwar.
When hiring staff, a weight chart is suggested. It shows employees that women with a height of 170 cm should weigh between 60 and 67 kg.
In 2015, a similar scenario took place in neighboring India, when a shocking number of 130 flight attendants were removed from the flights.
Air India has told 600 of the 3,500 employees that they have six months to weaken in 2014, or risk being left to the ground. Following management notification, 130 employees were dismissed because of the too high body mass index.
In the UK, the National Health Service says that a healthy body mass index is between 18.5 and 24.9. Regulations in the UK are not very different. In a documentary made by the BBC in 2014, it was revealed that British Airways personnel must always look impeccable. If the lipstick is not always worn, or the hair is unkempt, staff can suffer consequences.