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Squidboy July 1st, 2013 5:53pm

GoAir Airlines based in India has announced that they will only hire female flight attendants. Since on average women weigh less than men, they estimate they can save $500,000 a year in fuel costs with this policy. Discrimination or business savvy?

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mariella9911 Colorado
07/02/13 3:53 pm

Genius discrimination, clearly

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Vincere Seattle
07/01/13 3:09 pm

They'll all be replaced by light robots before long anyway.

beanD California
07/01/13 3:29 pm

Robots will probably just glitch out when I spill coke all over the airplane! (Which definitely DIDN'T happen last week)

Vincere Seattle
07/01/13 4:13 pm

Haha, that must have been embarrassing!

suppressedID Honor RBGs Wish
07/01/13 1:02 pm

Let's train monkeys to serve drinks.

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susanr Colorado
07/01/13 12:37 pm

Of course it's discrimination, not by weight but by sex. Some men are small, some women are large.

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cyanospool The Deep North
07/01/13 5:07 pm

Yeah, but on average women are smaller unless they are obese. And they probably wouldn't hire any obese person, male or female, to work on the plane in flight anyway.

susanr Colorado
07/01/13 5:10 pm

That's, as you say, on average. There are still taller as well as larger-framed women (& I've seen a number of these on US flights in recent years), and shorter as well as slimmer men. The net effect might be ALMOST the same, but not based on sex.

beanD California
07/01/13 11:53 am

Word has it that they would save $1.2 million annually by switching from giving the pilots paper instructions to giving them instructions in iPad form. Looks like they should be prioritizing better.

TomM
07/01/13 2:48 pm

Some have switched already for that reason. There's regulation limiting what they can do.

rich1010 Stem Cell Harvesting
07/01/13 11:34 am

Instead of setting a gender based rule based on weight why not set a weight based rule regardless of gender? If the base reason is legal then it makes more sense and yields a wider field of applicants.

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TomM
07/01/13 2:40 pm

I thought they already had that

cyanospool The Deep North
07/01/13 5:08 pm

Yeah, I agree I think they're doing it for aesthetic reasons as well, but it's still their choice.

cyanospool The Deep North
07/01/13 11:25 am

Of course it's discrimination, but not all discrimination is immoral, just simply amoral. It's their business, their employment standards.

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TomM
07/01/13 11:04 am

Nobody can call it discrimination when they can save 500k

KatG Liberal in Ohio
07/01/13 11:00 am

Both...it's wrong but it does make good business sense.

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