New Delhi, Feb. 13 (Delhi Crown): Air India, which was recently owned by the Tatas, on Sunday came out with a new advisory for its cabin crew directing them to wear minimum jewellery, no visits to duty-free shops, no drinking and eating before guest boarding.
The airline said these directives are being implemented to improve the airline’s on-time performance.
“The cabin crew must adhere to the uniform regulations with emphasis on minimum jewellery being worn in order to avoid any delays at customs and security checks. The cabin crew should not visit duty-free shops and proceed to the boarding gate soon after completing immigration and security checks,” said Air India’s new directive to its staff.
It added – “Cabin supervisor must ensure that all cabin crew are present in the cabin. Crew must not consume beverages/or eat food prior to/during guest boarding) and assist in swift boarding/seating of guests.”
The latest guidelines come weeks after Air India’s cabin crew union objected to the company’s circular mandating body mass index (BMI) and weight checks for cabin crew prior to embarking on flights.
In a company-wide communique on January 20, Air India had stated that each cabin crew member would now be subjected to BMI and weight checks on a quarterly basis. “Cabin crew who are well-dressed and well-groomed according to uniform standards and regulations, present a positive and professional image of the airline,” the circular had stated.