Target: GoAir CEO, Giorgio De Roni
Goal: Demand that Indian airline hire based on ability, not sex and weight.
An Indian Airline has announced that it will no longer hire male flight attendants in order to keep the planes light and thus reduce fuel costs. Please sign this petition and demand that the airline stop these sexist hiring practices.
A budget airline in India, GoAir, recently announced plans to only hire female flight attendants in an effort to cut down on in-flight fuel costs. The difference in weight is expected to save the company five cents per subtracted kilo per hour. GoAir is expecting savings of $500,000 annually. Current male flight attendants will not be fired, but will no longer be hired for in-cabin positions. Of course, it is not pilots that the all-female rule applies to, just air-hostesses, as they are called in India. Of GoAir’s 330 cabin crew members approximately 40%, or about 130 in total, are male. Over the next seven years, GoAir plans to induct about 80 new aircrafts, for which it will hire about 2,000 airhostesses and pilots.
GoAir is blaming the gradual fall of the rupee, India’s currency, for their controversial new policy. The rupee has dropped 27 per cent against the U.S. dollar in the last year. While the new policy will save GoAir money, it discriminates against male flight attendants and brings up other issues in the hiring process. Since the policy is based on weight, women will need to be weighed prior to being hired. The company will then also be discriminating based on weight – another unethical practice.
Please sign this petition and demand that GoAir use non-discriminatory hiring practices for in-flight crew. Flight attendants must be hired based on their ability to do the job, which can be stressful, psychologically taxing and dangerous, rather than their ability to be female and petite.
Dear Mr. De Roni,
Your company’s recent decision to only hire male flight attendants is sexist against men, and discriminatory against women weighing over a certain amount. While cutting costs is important for any business, this is not the way to do it. You must provide equal opportunity for employment to both men and women, regardless of their weight, but based on their merit.
The primary function of in-cabin flight crews is passenger safety. These men and women are responsible for much more than making sure passengers are comfortable. They are the ones in charge of evacuations, emergency exits, water landings and a multitude of other dangers associated with flying. Passengers want the most qualified and level headed attendants in case of emergency, not the skinniest.
Your new hiring practices are not only unethical and discriminatory, but they will inevitably be degrading in practice. To make sure that you have the skinniest flight crew, your company will have to weigh women as they apply for employment. Their weight, rather than their merits or psychological ability to react calmly in an emergency, will impact their employment. Your decision to hire based on financial gain, rather than passenger safety is setting you up for a slew of potential lawsuits and unsafe situations.
Please base your hiring practices in ability to do the job, rather than amount you could save per subtracted kilogram. Hopefully GoAir won’t have to deal with any disastrous situations, but if it does, it could cost a lot more than the amount your saving on this discriminatory hiring practice.
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