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October 23, 2019
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PIA asks crew members to lose weight or face grounding

LAHORE: The cabin crew of Pakistan International Airlines have been asked to lose weight to meet the desired standard/BMI.

The national flag carrier has warned the cabin crew to lose weight in the given time otherwise they would be grounded.

A circular issued by the airline in this regard said 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.

The cabin crew members who weigh 30 pounds over the set limit should lose five pounds every month till July of this year.

“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 the weight is reduced up to the desired standard. BMI,” it added.

“Henceforth, weight check of all cabin crew will be carried out at their base stations respectively and comprehensive date will be maintained for the perusal of management,” it further read.

The circular also directed all cabin crew already on weight check to report to the “grooming cell up till the 15th of each month for clearance of international/ domestic flights in their next roster”.

Crew members have expressed reservations over the circular and said that if it is not taken back they will challenge it in the Supreme Court.