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01 March 2011 :: 11:03:40 am 50933

THAI insists body mass index control needed for flight attendants

BANGKOK, Feb 28 - The national carrier Thai Airways International (THAI) insisted today that it must improve the personality of its cabin crew members to meet its criteria on the limit of body mass index and waistline, so only one per cent of them fail to meet the criteria, the company’s senior executives said on Monday.
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Acting Executive Vice President of Product Development and Customer Services Teerapol Chotichanapibal and Chatchawal Senawong, director of THAI’s Inflight Services Cabin Attendants Administration Department told a news conference after some flight attendants filed a complaint with the Ministry of Labour that the company’s policy infringes on their civil rights by limiting cabin crew to those with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 and waistline of 32 inches maximum for a female flight attendant and a BMI of 27.5 and a 35-inch waistline for male flight attendants.

The announcement of the new regulation was issued on May 11 last year and THAI employees were given six months and some additional time to adjust their weight to meet the requirement. After that, less than one per cent of about 6,000 flight attendants or 60 persons failed to meet the criteria.

Mr Teerapol said the company needed to issue such a regulation because it is one of the world’s leading airlines. THAI is also targeting becoming Asia’s third ranked airline, and already ranks among the world’s top five, so the regulation on the physical characteristics of its employees falls under the competitive profile of the company.

Report by : MCOT online news

Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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