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No flying for overweight Indians.

In Air travel, Crazy news, Delhi, High Court, India, Justice, Odd News, sex, Uncategorized on June 2, 2007 at 3:42 am

 

 In a move that is sure to add fuel to the fire about a larger debate on modern Indian society, a court has ruled against a group of overweight female flight attendants who argued that their grounding by national carrier Indian Airlines was an “insult to their womanhood”.

The Delhi High Court has ruled in favour of the airline, saying that with aircraft flying at higher altitudes, the safety of the passengers depended on the crew’s ability to perform.” No airline can afford to remain lax in any department whatsoever, be it the personality of the crew members of their physical fitness,” Justice Rekha Sharma said.

The Indian airline industry has grown rapidly in recent years and new airlines have begun hiring young slim air hostesses, often dressed in short skirts and high heels.

In contrast, Indian Airlines flight crews are dressed in the traditional sari and are allowed to fly until they are 58 years old. The group of air hostesses who had challenged the airline had argued that it was an attempt to replace them with younger crew.

Source: BBC

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