Air India to crew: Shape up or don’t fly

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DELHI, INDIA – Over 40 and grounded?  It’s not a mama’s boy problem. Air India has threatened its crew who are over 40 and overweight saying “you better shape up, or you won’t fly!”.

The state-run airline has implemented mandatory health tests: they have until the end of the week to prove they have their blood sugar, weight and eyesight in check.  Eyesight?  Isn’t that necessary for pilots?

OK, Air India is trying to get in shape, but it seems travelers everywhere could soon pay if their shape is extra-large.  A Norwegian professor is getting attention: his study suggests airlines charge passengers by weight.

Heavier people may cause airplanes to consume more fuel.  But here’s the catch: women are usually lighter than men, and children are in a different category.

Looking for updates on the issue?  You might even get them while taking off: the FAA is reconsidering restrictions on the use of electronics.

“It’s about time,’ said Steve Swanson, before running to catch his flight at Hobby Airport. ‘Every study that you’ve ever seen on electronics show there’s absolutely no interference.”

With so many regulations and restrictions, don’t bother expecting any comfort on your next flight.  Who do you think you are: a customer?