LAHORE: Cabin crew members of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) have been directed to lose weight in accordance with “desired standard/ BMI”.
A circular released by the national airline read that “in order to operate, all international layover flights, management has decided to gradually reduce waiver of 30lbs excess weight to zero lbs in the coming months”.
“If any crew found above 30lbs from the standard weight after January 31, 2019, will be grounded and referred to Air Crew Medical Center for medical evaluation and treatment until weight is reduced up to desired standard.”
“Henceforth, weight check of all cabin crew will be carried out at their base stations respectively and comprehensive date will be maintained for perusal of management.”
Those cabin crew members who weight 30 pounds over the limit have been directed to lose five pounds each month till July.
On the other hand, cabin crew members expressed frustration at the new directive, saying that they will challenge it in the Supreme Court if the airline refuses to retract the policy.