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Last Updated: Friday, 1 June 2007, 17:04 GMT 18:04 UK
Your views on air hostesses and weight
Indian plane
An Indian court has ruled against a group of female flight attendants who were grounded from the national airline for being overweight.

BBC News website readers have been sending in their reaction. You can read a selection below.

Your comments:

It's absolutely disgusting to be frank. However it is what I would expect from a company. I imagine the same thing would happen to those women in the West if we didn't have anti-discrimination laws
John White, Dublin

I agree 100 per cent by the ruling. A nimble air hostess can definitely protect passengers at that crucial moment - I have seen it happen. And, honestly, I prefer flying the airlines with good-looking airhostesses. Makes flying less tedious.
Sunil Reddy, NYC and India

I applaud the court's decision. Self-indulgence and obesity seem to go hand in hand these days, and it is becoming an epidemic problem around the world.
Rick James, Elk Grove Village, US

I am a regular user of this airline, and I think Air India and Indian Airlines are right to put passengers' safety first every time. So should BA.
Cllr Ken Tiwari, Oxford United Kingdom

That is an insult to women. The airline should have provided facilities for sliming for it's staff, instead of reporting the matter to public. This might affect their operations since some customers who felt infringed might shy away.
Douglas, Shabab, Nakuru, Kenya

This is ridiculous. All the airline company is looking here its profit and intense competition. I used to fly in America and Europe, and I saw overweight crew members in high profile airline companies. Airlines should teach their staff to smile rather then looking at their figures.
Rashant, Delhi, India

I have worked as an 'air hostess' for many years in the late 90s in the Middle East and it was common practice to be weighed if your height and weight were not in proportion. I don't see what the issue is with these Indian crew members. When you join an airline you have to be a certain height and weight due to the safety aspect, that is made clear when you join. These women I'm sure are also aware of this but this is the age of law suits where everyone is out to make a 'quick buck'.
Lisa Malik, Philadelphia, USA

Sorry, but I think the airline has a valid point. Besides the 'overweight' factor (translated into vigour and energy to act as the most important passenger safety mechanism in the airplane in case of an emergency) the airline ought to consider age as well. The flight attendants have a more physically demanding job than the pilots do - no matter what the circumstances in the aircraft at the time.
Ken, Charleston USA

I feel safer flying when I see older, more experienced flight attendants. I feel that they will be more knowledgeable as attendants, and more effective in an emergency. The younger inexperienced ones might freak out in a crisis.
Robin Hazen, Binghamton, NY

I would be interested to know if the same weight and dress restrictions apply to Indian Airlines pilots, whom I imagine are primarily male. I would guess that they do not. Another blow to equality for women.
Lee-Anne McAvoy, London, Ontario - Canada

As far as economics is concerned the ruling is sound, but the fact remains that Indian is government owned carrier and it should not surrender to gender discriminatory demands of the market. When money speaks, morality keeps mum.
Varun Prakash, Jodhpur

The main purpose of air host / hostesses was passenger safety. This does not seem to be the criterion for selecting cabin crew any more. In a leading airline in India, there are only slim, very beautiful airhostesses with no male cabin crew at all.
Sanjay Sood, Bangalore, India

The airline or any company for that matter should be able to set appearance standards for its employees. But I don't think the standards should be applied retroactively after someone has worked satisfactorily under previous or even non-existent standards unless a safety or health issue is involved.
Frank Oudkirk, Roswell, GA United States

I am a healthy-figured woman (at a healthy weight for my height) who would be considered "overweight" on a fashion runway, yet I am strong, detail-oriented and am very focused on the safely of those I work with. I have never had a work-related accident due to being heavier than the current fashion. However, from experience, I can tell you it is much more difficult (and unsafe) to be of good balance and to work efficiently when wearing high heels. So I ask you, "What is this so-called "safety" discrimination TRULY based upon?"
Cassandra Lenzini, Denver, Colorado, USA

Airlines are all about perception e.g. safety, prices, glamour. Some airlines can charge premium prices because they are seem to be safe and provide services with attractive stewards and stewardess e.g. Singapore Airline and Emirates. If Indian Airlines wants to compete for this market, they have to play the same game.
How P, London, UK

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