Fat People Can’t Fly

I’m not the biggest fan of airplanes. For one, I’m afraid of heights. I also find the chairs cramped and uncomfortable. Lastly, I don’t enjoy sitting next to complete strangers who, with my luck, are frequently gassy.

If someone told me I could never board a plane again, I’d happily oblige. Goodbye and good riddance. I’m perfectly content with a train… or a boat… or a pimped-out golf cart with fire decals.

But I suppose that’s not the case for everybody.

Ten stewardesses for Air India are fighting for their right to soar the skies after being fired. According to BBC News, the airlines stated that the women failed to meet company weight restrictions calculated by height and age. In layman’s terms, the women were deemed too fat to fly.

The stewardesses fought back, but they ultimately failed to get the policy declared unconstitutional by the Indian High Court. Talk about a heavy defeat.

Frankly, I’m appalled by the airline’s decisions. Where do they get off saying that someone is not the right body type for a job that requires little to no physical exertion?

I mean, it’s not like they’re construction workers or running marathons for the Olympics. They have one simple job; all they have to do is distribute overpriced peanuts.

Well, I guess they have two jobs. They also have to slide that fancy curtain a few times to remind us common peasants that we’re not first class royalty.

But I digress. The fat shaming is an outrage. If we’re banning overweight people from having jobs that require a lot of movement, we should at least be consistent. Stop hiring pudgy mall cops.

But I don’t support that either. We shouldn’t discriminate against anybody. I fail to see Air India’s logic. If a plane crashes, people are going to die regardless of whether they’re fat or not.

Hell, it might even be beneficial to have some obese folk. In case of emergency, a one thousand pound carcass could be used as a flotation device.

But maybe the airline’s decision has nothing to do with efficiency? Maybe they just want to be hip and sexy. Well if that’s the case, I object even more.

We don’t need super models running our flights. They know nothing about plane safety. The airline industry and the fashion industry couldn’t be more different. One involves a runway, and the other involves… umm, nevermind.

I don’t know what else to say. I just feel bad for these women. It looks like not all cows are sacred in India.

142 Comments Add yours

  1. Jenny says:

    It’s like how they were planning to charge extra airfare for “heavier” people (not sure if they actually implemented this yet). I’ve heard that they do this (and that) mainly to save on gas prices. But I do know that in many Asian countries, stewardesses are required to be pretty, and that usually means skinny as well. Who knows.

  2. Charlton says:

    I feel sorry for the stewardesseseses who got fired and i totally agree with you stewardess and image models are 2 different things and should be treated differently.

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