Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has ordered members of cabin crew to lose weight or risk being grounded. The directive came via an internal memo issued by PIA management on New Year’s Day and orders overweight members of airline crew to lose up to 30lbs over the course of the next six months.
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has ordered members of cabin crew to lose weight or risk being grounded, reports The Nation. According to Paddle Your Own Kanoo, the directive was issued on January 1 via an internal memo and calls upon staff to drop 30 pounds by this summer.
This, says the carrier, will be applicable to all crew serving on international layover flights.
The memo, a copy of which has been shared via Paddle Your Own Kanoo, directs staff to lose this 30 pounds in five-pound monthly increments over the course of the next six months, beginning on February 1.
The notice also states that, “If any crew found to be above 30lbs from the desired weight after 31 Jan, 2019, [they] will be grounded and referred to Air Crew Medical Center for medical evaluation and treatment until weight is reduced up to desired standard / BMI.”
It also advises that monthly weight checks will be undertaken at base stations and that staff members’ progress will be monitored by PIA’s management.
While PIA’s request may be considered controversial, it is certainly not the first carrier to request that staff members keep a careful eye on their waistlines. Malaysia Airlines, Aeroflot, Air India and Emirates have all made similar requests of their staff in the past few years. The latter airline, reports Paddle Your Own Kanoo, is especially stringent when it comes to personal appearance.
“Emirates is alleged to have a ‘threshold of appropriate appearance’ and overweight crew members can be grounded and even sacked unless they lose the weight set by grooming officers,” it states.