Flight attendant is grounded for she was 'too fat to fly'
Monday, 24. August 2015, 18:59
An airline in China has allegedly banned a flight attendant from flying because she exceeded its height-to-weight ratio requirements.
A crew member from Qingdao Airlines has revealed that it stopped a flight attendant from flying for being overweight.
The crew member, however, refused to give any further details.
The airline does have stringent weight requirements, but the company has also denied that any employee has been barred or sacked over not meeting such requirements, reported South China Morning Post.
The company did not give any additional information on the controversy.
According to Qingdao's current standards, as listed on their website, any woman who applies for a job as a flight attendant must be between 165-172 cm (65-68 inches) tall and weigh between 50-68kg (110-150 lb).
They must also be under the age of 30.
'We are concerned that exceeding weight standards will compromise the ability of cabin crew members to respond in emergency situations, and we hope the crew can maintain good body shape,' the airline representative told Thepaper.cn of their requirements.
Their limits are, however, significantly less than those posted by China's Civil Aviation Authority.
The CAA mandates that women between 160 -172cm (63-68 inches) tall should weigh between 45-73 kg (99 - 161 lb), reports Road Warrior Voices.
This isn't the first time that an airline has come under scrutiny for imposing weight requirements.
Uzbekistan Airways announced early this month that all passengers will have to stand on weighing machines with their personal luggage after they have checked in.
The company, who are based in Tashkent, have promised not to reveal the weight of individual passengers.
But it will mean some overweight people could be excluded from busy flights on smaller planes if limits are exceeded.
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