Airline against ‘older, fatter’ cabin crew

Flight attendants accuse Aeroflot of discrimination
Russia’s state-owned airline Aeroflot was for years the subject of jokes about its poor safety and terrible service, but it has since admirably transformed into a leading global player. Now, though, its image is under threat again.
Some of its cabin crew say are protesting being barred from international flights – and higher wages – because of their age and appearance. Around 400 flight attendants have reportedly been demoted by new criteria at the airline.
The group has filed a suit against the airline, appealed to the prosecutor’s office and even written to President Vladimir Putin about the issue.
“They told us all that only the young and thin will fly abroad for Aeroflot,” flight attendant Yevgenia Magurina, who has been flying for 15 years, tells RFE/RL.
Since August, she has only been allowed on routes inside Russia due to unwritten rules saying she’s not thin enough for the better jobs.
“We were all photographed en masse and measured – some were even weighed,” she said. “This was done under the pretext of company rebranding and ordering new uniforms for staff. They stopped putting anyone on international flights if they are older than 40 or take more than a size 48.”
Some are reportedly so desperate to lose weight to keep the international flights and higher salaries, they are fainting from hunger.


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