A spokesman for Air India told the BBC that the hostesses were sacked after they were declared "medically unfit" to fly.I can't believe that a government carrier is doing this - bet this won't last and the government will have to reinstate them.
"They haven't been flying for two to three years for being exceptionally overweight," spokesman Jitendra Bhargava said.
He said that the women were between 11kg and 32kg overweight and that "all efforts to get them to reduce weight had failed".
Air India said safety was a "prime function" and that "being grossly overweight does have a bearing on reflexes and can impair agility required to perform the emergency functions".
A hostess with Air India, Sheela Joshi, who is not one of the nine dismissed, said those colleagues had received termination letters in the past three to four days.
"They were told there are no vacancies in ground jobs and since you are unable to lose weight, you have been terminated from service," Mrs Joshi told the BBC.
Arvind Sharma, a lawyer for the air hostesses, said he would try to get the dismissals revoked as part of the ongoing appeal in the Supreme Court.
Jan 6, 2009
Overweight? Air India does not need you
Air India fires "overweight" air hostesses and specifies it's due to safety reasons, reports BBC:
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