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Airline recruits women to save fuel
CNN ^ | June 29, 2013 -- Updated 1320 GMT (2120 HKT) | James Durston

Posted on 06/29/2013 8:26:37 AM PDT by BenLurkin

Edited on 06/29/2013 8:41:43 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

An Indian airline has hit on possibly the worthiest excuse yet for hiring slim women as cabin crew -- it saves fuel and therefore money.

While some airlines admit to hiring women for their sex appeal, budget carrier GoAir has told The Times of India it will be hiring predominantly female flight attendants in future because they are 15-20 kilos lighter on average than men.


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Travel
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To: BenLurkin

Gee....and I thought the airlines just didn’t want a bunch of flaming male queers prissing down the aisles.


2 posted on 06/29/2013 8:30:24 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer

This is great!! Maybe United Airlines should pay attention and stop hiring all of those nasty sweathogs...


3 posted on 06/29/2013 8:33:03 AM PDT by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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To: Victor

I think the whole airline business could do with a bit of rejeuvenation myself. Most of the flight attendants I see on Delta (aside from the obviously gay male attendants) can only be described as “those middle-aged spreading women with an attitude of the ex-wife type demeanor undergoing menopause.... seriously unpleasant to deal with.


4 posted on 06/29/2013 8:46:49 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer

I think that’s really bright of them.


5 posted on 06/29/2013 8:51:07 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Gaffer

Ever notice on cruise ships? A real lot of staff is Phillipino. Some have speculated their size is a plus for providing for the crew’s needs.


6 posted on 06/29/2013 8:51:22 AM PDT by grania
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To: Gaffer

If it’s a nickel per kilo per hour, figure 1000 flight hours per year per attendant, or $50 for every kilo overweight.

The solution is not to discriminate, but to have a weight surcharge so that tinier FAs get more pay than heavier ones.

Compared to a 100 lb gal, a 210 lb guy would be paid $5500 less. Probably enough difference to seek work elsewhere given India discount air carrier salaries.


7 posted on 06/29/2013 8:52:07 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Universal Background Check -> Registration -> Confiscation -> Oppression -> Extermination)
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To: grania

I think the Philipino cruise ship crew popularity is cultural, in that it is both an admired pursuit for Dad (or Mom) to go off to sea, and send back some good money to support the family. Plus, they tend to be very personable and hospitable, making them valued service employees. Also, musical talent is fostered, and many of the musicians are Philipino.


8 posted on 06/29/2013 8:54:30 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Universal Background Check -> Registration -> Confiscation -> Oppression -> Extermination)
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To: Gaffer

What are they intending to do? Burn the women as an alternative fuel source?


9 posted on 06/29/2013 8:56:41 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Gaffer

the part that bugs me is that I weight 145 lbs, and if I carry baggage over 50 lbs, there is a penalty....but if the next passenger weights in at 200 lbs and has 50 lb they are free to go....


10 posted on 06/29/2013 8:57:03 AM PDT by B212
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To: Gaffer

Every 28 days one of them has to stay home.


11 posted on 06/29/2013 8:58:25 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: Atlas Sneezed

Excellent analysis!


12 posted on 06/29/2013 9:01:43 AM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: SC_Pete

Actually, I think a whole lot of Delta Flight Attendants are way past that “28 day” thing....


13 posted on 06/29/2013 9:02:05 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: B212

I fly and I pay the now-obligatory $25 fee for my baggage. It pisses me off to no end when some low-rent once in a lifetime flier or just plain cheapass holds up boarding because they can’t find room for their frigging whole-house ‘carry on’ and have to plane-side check it, at no charge, of course....pisses me off to no end.


14 posted on 06/29/2013 9:04:35 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer
I think the whole airline business could do with a bit of rejeuvenation myself.
I was in the service in the 60s and flew military standby a lot - primarily coast to coast red eyes flights.
I swear, the crews we got on the "midnight shifts" were 180 degrees from the day crews.
15 posted on 06/29/2013 9:15:11 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Gaffer

So, they save the equivalent of 6 gallons of fuel? Retarded. Simply retarded.


16 posted on 06/29/2013 9:19:23 AM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: Gaffer

LOL Then there’s not much weight savings.


17 posted on 06/29/2013 9:21:54 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: oh8eleven

I did 68 to 76. In 1971 when my dad died, I flew across the Pacific to HI on a 141 in web seating (butt and back) with my feet and legs straddled across a classified jet engine (covered) and leaking internal fuel. Crew had to turn on the smoking lamp and turn down the cargo temperature to near freezing. Landed at Norton AFB and TMO guy says, “I gotta C130 headed right now to Dobbins AFB and you’re on it”....I said no thanks, point me to LAX.

I wearily made it to LAX and asked the Delta Airlines tickey guy for a seat. He said “Go standby - nobody on this plane.” Okay I says.

It was a beautiful 747, stewardesses (they called them that then) were amazing and good looking. It was a “red eye” but I’m not sure that term was en vogue at that time.

The plane had maybe 10 pax...I had the whole damned rear end of the plane and I bagged (after a good amount of liquor) out on a row of 5 seats in the middle and slept the whole time. Best damned $64 bucks I ever spent


18 posted on 06/29/2013 9:25:31 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: CodeToad

Multiply that times the number of attendants and flights per year.


19 posted on 06/29/2013 9:28:21 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer

One of my recent flights........crew let’s a guy come running on at the last minute, seats him in an empty front seat and puts his oversized luggage in the empty seat next to him. I was in the next row and fuming.


20 posted on 06/29/2013 9:48:15 AM PDT by sheana
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To: Gaffer
flew across the Pacific to HI on a 141
Not sure what a 141 is, but have been on many C130s. Forty five years later and I'm still sore ... and deaf!
21 posted on 06/29/2013 9:54:15 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Gaffer

Those were the days. Nice seats, nice service, nice food.


22 posted on 06/29/2013 9:54:46 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: Gaffer

“Multiply that times the number of attendants and flights per year.”

So? Small potatoes.

Multiply the number of gallons loaded and the variance in the accuracy of the fuel on board and you find you are being extremely silly in trying to save 48 pounds. If that is the case then rip out the carpets, the extra toilet paper rolls, the water, the interior plastics, the seat coverings, cutback on the oil in the engines, the sheepskin pilot seat covers. Hell, make everyone stand and remove the seats.

If an airline is so hard up to make profit, I can tell you from direct experience that they could remove many, many $150,000+ salaried employees to make up that piss-ass difference.


23 posted on 06/29/2013 9:59:50 AM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: Gaffer

Does this mean Michelle-My-Belle is ban on Go-Air?


24 posted on 06/29/2013 10:06:27 AM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: Atlas Sneezed
Filipino cruise ship crew ...
Plus, they tend to be very personable and hospitable, making them valued service employees. Also, musical talent is fostered, and many of the musicians are Filipino.

Did the Alaska cruise last year in early June ... later in late September we cruised the Aegean boarding our ship in Istanbul. Both ships had mostly crew members from the Phillipines and other southeast Asia countries. Very friendly and within a day or so many of them knew us by our first name. Also, when they had a 'crew' evening talent show to entertain the passengers many were quite talented musicians and singers.

25 posted on 06/29/2013 10:09:22 AM PDT by BluH2o
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To: Gaffer

I’ve got an idea.... midget pilots and copilots! You’d shave off a couple hundred pounds right there.


26 posted on 06/29/2013 10:11:00 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: oh8eleven

C-141 Starlifter. Flew from 1964 until replaced by C-17.


27 posted on 06/29/2013 11:40:48 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: Gaffer

Homosexual male flight attendants played a “seminal” role in spreading HIV around the world. People that have a hobby of becoming butt blood brothers, sometimes a thousand times over, should not be in flying cattle cars visiting a hundred cities every month. Male flight attendants helped indirectly kill 500,000 in America alone. This pales in comparison to the other risks of airline travel.


28 posted on 06/29/2013 12:15:41 PM PDT by Reeses
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To: oh8eleven

C141. Lockheed Starlifter


29 posted on 06/29/2013 12:32:01 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer
They can also squeeze by each other or let a passenger through much easier in the aisle and doorways

hire tall slim women for safety...

at the very least it makes business travel less boring

30 posted on 06/29/2013 2:21:04 PM PDT by varyouga
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To: Gaffer

“hiring slim women as cabin crew — it saves fuel”

hmmm, I can think of another characteristic that would let them save money on flotation devices as well!

(that’en there don’t need no life vest, she couldn’t sink if she wanted to.)


31 posted on 06/30/2013 3:43:44 PM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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