My wife and I were flying to Greece a few years back when, during a layover in Munich, the crew from a Korean Air flight walked passed us. The moment was so ridiculous it was nearly unbelievable– a group of women who could just as easily have been models as flight attendants. I know that it wasn’t just me, because my wife still talks about the encounter to this day.
Well, it would seem that an Indian airline has also figured out how to attract as many men to their airlines as possible without bringing down complaints of sexism or bigotry on themselves.
Representatives of the airline GoAir recently told the Times of India that they would predominantly be hiring females because they tend to “weigh much less” than their male counterparts. The difference in weight can apparently lead to big cost savings:
“The airline estimates each extra kilo on board costs Rs3 ($0.05) per flying hour, and the new policy will save it up to $500,000 annually.”
Here in the United States, civil rights laws prohibit companies from hiring based on things like race, age, sex and weight.
The airline defends the move by saying that they have one of the most male “heavy” staffs. Currently they are about 60-40 female to male, so they would be looking to move toward a more industry average staff ratio of about 70-30.
The airline also says that it has tried to reduce weight by other measures as well, like carrying less water and shrinking the size of the in-flight magazine, among other things. One thing GoAir won’t be doing is cutting any of its male staff, whether or not they make things a bit more expensive.
GoAir is not the only weight conscious airline–Samoa Air started pricing by weight last year and other airlines are looking into the idea that one Swedish economist calls “the fairest and most sensible way to calculate prices.”
Either way, I’m pretty sure more wives and girlfriends are going to be suspicious when their significant others says that they are going to be flying GoAir.
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