Critics from within and without the industry decried the move.
"This move to impose a certain BMI, ignoring experience and other performance parameters, is immature, misogynistic and shockingly sexist,” aviation industry consultant Mark Martin told the newspaper. “We seem to have lost the plot on what is needed from flight attendants.”
Cabin crews' weight has long been an issue in civil aviation in India.
Sheila Joshi, 51, fought the weight standards to the Indian Supreme Court and lost, according to the Times of London.
“It is incredibly upsetting that working women are being targeted,” Joshi, a flight attendant for 27 years, told the Times. “This is not a modeling job; we are not working a catwalk.”
“Now, if you are just 10 grams over, it’s goodbye,” Joshi said. “It’s ridiculous: Weight is not an infectious disease.”