57 cabin crew members of AirIndia has been assigned to ground jobs for being “overweight”. These “overweight” crew members will be loosing flying allowance of between Rs 35,000 and Rs 50,000 a month.
But, the government owned Air India is telling this move as temporary.
The concerned crew members were allotted deadlines and asked to lose weight as their Body Mass Index (BMI) was higher than what was permitted to crew members. After they failed to do so, they were grounded, says this report in The Times of India.
As per norms of aviation regulator DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation), the cabin crew has to be declared as ‘fit’, ‘temporary unfit’ and ‘permanent unfit’ by designated doctors through their periodic medical examination.
The national carrier has taken this decision for the 2nd time in last one and half year. Earlier on September 2015, 125 bulky cabin crew was taken off from flying duty after they failed to maintain the weight as per the mandatory norms framed by DGCA.
BMI ( Body Mass Index ) is the value derived from the mass (weight) and height of a man or an woman.
As per the norms of DGCA if a cabin crew member found overweight is deemed temporary unfit and given three months time to reduce weight. A cabin crew can continue flying duty for 19 months with temporary unfit tag. If he or she fails to reduce weight as per the requirement with in this given time frame then he or she will deemed permanently unfit.
As per the guidelines framed by DGCA the BMI requirement for a male cabin crew is 18-25 while 18-22 for a female. A BMI of 25-29.9 for a male crew is considered overweight and 30 and above is obese, while for a female crew member 22-27 is overweight and 27 and above obese.
Indian flag carrier AirIndia, has come out with reservation of seat for its women passengers. This is the first time in the world an aviation company come out with such initiative. This move has raises the question of gender inequality.
Six seats on every domestic flight will be reserved for women from January 18, ANI said.
As per the reservation guidelines, the 3rd row of every flight ( 3 seats on the left and 3 seats on the right) would now be reserved for all women passengers who are travelling alone.
Seat reservation for elderly, pregnant or those women travelling with newborn kids could still have made some sense if Air India was actually concerned towards providing comfort to women. But blocking two rows — six seats — for women of all age defy logic — something no feminist would ever support. This is perhaps the first time in the world that seats will be reserved only for women passengers on planes. However, other modes of transport in India, including local and long-distance trains, metros and buses have reserved berths, seats or coaches for women. One justification for the decision, Air India can provide is to prevent sexual harassment of women flyers. However, it wants to reserve seats only in the economy class. What about those women who fly in the business class?
The move comes after a recent on-board incident when a flyer reportedly groped a woman co-passenger on Air India’s Mumbai-Newark flight. During the flight, a business class passenger changed his seat to sit next to a female passenger in the economy class and allegedly groped her when she fell asleep. The man was handed over to the US police later. Would the man have not done the same if he had found a woman in the business class? Or, does Air India thinks that women don’t travel alone in business class?
Men who tend to sexually abuse women are perverts and they always find ways to indulge in their dirty acts. Avoiding such men is not the best option, confronting them, may be teaching them a lesson can help reduce sexual abuse incidents.