Turkish Airlines is taking some serious measures to get their staff in shape. According to Reuters, the airline has given 28 flight attendants six months to lose weight or get out.
“Weight and height are important factors at all airlines,” Turkish Airlines said in a statement. “These criteria are important both in terms of appearance and the ability to move about.”
Izzet Levi, one of the attendants forced to lose the weight, reportedly must lose 22 pounds in order to keep his current role as the head of a cabin attendants’ association.
Sound a little dated? Maybe Turkish Airlines should take a hint from the plus size movement — thin is not the only thing that’s in these days.
In the meantime, at least discrimination has company. The CEOs at Turkish Airlines should hang out with their counterparts at the Russian airline that put their stewardesses in bikinis and had them wash planes in the hopes of boosting ticket sales. Charming, no?