Airline Hiring Back 'Overweight' Flight Attendants

Cash-strapped Air India is trying to hire back flight attendants the airline fired last year saying the women were overweight.

Experiencing a major shortage of cabin crew, the carrier has approached nine of the 10 women with offers, according to news reports.

"About three of them have indicated that they would be willing to come back," a spokesman says.

But the women will be required to stay slim enough to meet the carrier's strict staff weight requirements – based on height and age – if they want their old jobs back.

"We are not relaxing our standards," the spokesman says.

At the time of the firings, the carrier said the crew members were significantly overweight and had been given time to slim down.

In August, Turkish Airlines likewise said it was giving 28 flight attendants six months off to lose weight or face reassignment. The group placed on unpaid leave included 13 women and five men.

Some of the fired Indian flight attendants have tried unsuccessfully in the country's courts to have Air India's policy changed.

Meanwhile, an Indian newspaper reports Air India may run out of cash and be unable to pay its staff after March, unless it gets a government bailout.

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