Air hostesses with a BMI (body mass index) of over 27 were categorised as obese, while those with BMI between 22 and 27 were called overweight.
Flight attendants at Air India—around 125 to 130 of them—who have failed to meet Government-imposed weight standards, will now be grounded.
The Government-owned airlines had identified 600 cabin crew members who were found to be overweight. They were given six months’ time to lose weight.
As per a circular released by Air India, air hostesses with a BMI (body mass index) of over 27 were categorised as obese, while those with BMI between 22 and 27 were called overweight and those with a BMI below 22 and above 18 were deemed fit.
Similarly, for flight pursers and male stewards, a BMI of 18–25 was normal, while 25–30 was overweight and above 30 was obese.
Around 3,500 cabin crew members had undergone a test and 600 of them were found to be unfit.
These 125-130 flight attendants will now be given ground assignments at airports.