Air India has permanently grounded about 130 flight attendants, most of them women, for exceeding body-mass index standards.
Critics condemned the move as “shockingly sexist.”
BMI is a measure of body fat versus height and weight. Earlier this year, Air India gave about 600 cabin crew members six months to get their weight under control or risk reassignment to jobs on the ground. All were placed on a program to alter diet and exercise and were monitored by airline staff.