Air India wants to retain overweight cabin crew

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New Delhi: Air India has sought relaxation in the mandated fitness standards for cabin crew, citing that less stringent requirements would help the airline retain a sizable chunk of its cabin staff.

The national carrier’s proposal made to the aviation regulator DGCA comes in the backdrop of the airline deciding to ground around 125 cabin crew members following their failure to meet the Body Mass Index (BMI) requirements.

A BMI is a measure of body fat based on a person’s height and weight.

“Air India’s medical services department has written to the DGCA some time back, urging it to tweak BMI norms as it would help airline retain some of its cabin crew, who are slightly above the permissible limits,” sources said.

As per the 2014 DGCA regulations, a BMI of 18-25 is normal for a male cabin crew, while for a female it is 18-22.

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