Originally Posted by Synthea™
, American flight attendants are required to fit a certain physical profile and weight.
They were, but they abolished the weight weigh-ins/strict standards a few years back. My roommate used to fly for Pan Am, and my cousin has flown for Continental for 20+ years. I used to hear stories of the measures girls would go through for their weigh ins. It was disturbing.
My issue with this is that they're automatically equating thinness=fitness and safety. So if fitness and safety are the real issues, then have some sort of fitness testing, safety testing, etc.
One woman who had been flying with the airlines for 20+ years lost her job for being 4 kg overweight. That's like 10 pounds.
It's not like she was morbidly obese.
When flight attendants first came into being, they had to be nurses. That makes more sense from a safety standard than weight IMHO.
And of course, one has to ask, what (if any) are the weight standards for the male (presumably) pilots?