GoAir Drops Male Flight Attendants: Sexist Airline Policies Keep Coming

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If you fly on India's budget GoAir, don't expect to see any men pushing that drink cart down the aisle; from this point on the airline will hire only members of the lighter, fairer ... more 
Photo by: Corbis
If you fly on India's budget GoAir, don't expect to see any men pushing that drink cart down the aisle; from this point on the airline will hire only members of the lighter, fairer sex for its cabin crew. The new policy is meant to lessen weight on board, thereby saving an estimated $500,000 a year on fuel.
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Mon, Jul 1, 2013 3:12 PM EDT
Sexy flight attendants might have been a given during the golden age of travel, but most U.S. and European companies have grounded the aesthetic in order to comply with modern social (and legal) standards. Elsewhere around the world, though, airline sexism still flies. This week, India's budget GoAir announced it would hire only female flight attendants from this point on as a fuel-saving measure, noting that women are usually lighter than men. The discrimination is indeed two-fold--against men who want flight-attendant jobs, and against women who will only reign supreme in the cabin, as the female-only rule does not, naturally, apply to pilots. Here, a quick journey through this and other recent flight-attendant controversies of a sexist nature.--Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff