Physical fitness is not sexism: Twitter reacts to Sherry Rehman’s comments

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Sherry Rehman, Pakistan People’s Party Senator lambasted national carrier Pakistan International Airways for body shaming its cabin crew members. Rehman was infuriated by the strict standards of physicality for cabin crew members set by PIA.

She in her tweet criticized PIA and asked them to focus more on its quality of service and operations rather than applying complete authority on the waistline of the female crew members. She also stated to raise the issue in front of the Civil Aviation Committee.

Pakistan International Airlines stated that they issued a stern notice after they received complaints from the passenger regarding the ‘obese’ flight attendants.

Will bring this gross sexism up in the Civil Aviation Committee of Senate. Suddenly we r hearing constantly about women cabin crew needing to look like models. Time to focus on BIG structural, safety and business issues. Routes and fleets are imp, not crew waistline”, tweeted Sherry Rehman.

Earlier, this month PIA had issued a notice to its staff pertaining to their weight and height. The notice also warned that members found beyond the required BMI will be offloaded. Such members will then have to report to the fitness center to tone their weight.

Pakistan International Airlines stated that they issued a stern notice after they received complaints from the passenger regarding the ‘obese’ flight attendants.

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While some users agreed with Rehman others argued with her and highlighted that PIA had not in particular asked female members but cabin crew as a whole, negating the sexism comment Rehman made.

https://twitter.com/mobasharmalik/status/1089497450916835329

They said the optimal body weight and fitness are necessary for the crew members on long flights that require them to be active and quick while attending the passengers.

https://twitter.com/Aadi_mehb/status/1090007275111153664

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