Air hostess who was fired after 25 years because she was one pound “overweight” with Malaysia Airlines, loses her claim for unfair dismissal
- Ina Meliesa Hassim was fired by her in 2017 by Malaysia Airlines
- Airline has strict guidelines for the appearance of ‘passenger safety’ personnel
- She is now complaining of unfair dismissal under the Malaysian unemployment law
A flight attendant who served passengers for 25 years was reportedly fired because he was only a pound more than the required weight guidelines from airlines.
Ina Meliesa Hassim tipped the scales when she weighed 13.5 kilos, a kilo heavier than the weight of 132 kilos at Malaysia Airlines.
On 5ft 2in, Mrs. Hassim weighed 9 pounds and her contract with the airline ended in 2017.
On 12 February, the industrial court of Malaysia ruled in favor of the airline and Hassim lost its case for unfair dismissal under the Malaysian unemployment law.
Ina Meliesa Hassim tipped the scales when she weighed 13.5 kilos, a pound heavier than the 300 kilogram cut-off weight of Malaysia Airlines (the image above shows a Malaysia Airlines stewardess)
The independent reported that the flight attendant was fired because she was not in the “healthy” weight range on the Body Mass Index card.
Malaysia Airlines claimed that the weight of cabin crew was necessary to keep passengers safe.
To maintain its image as a premium company, in 2015 Malaysia Airlines introduced weight management rules for crew members.
It was reported that Hassim had been given 18 months to lose the weight to take her to the airline’s goal.
To maintain its image as a premium airline, Malaysia Airlines (stock image of the aircraft below) introduced weight management rules for crew members in 2015
As part of this, Hassim was expected to regularly attend weight checks at a health professional, but the airline claims that she had not attended several of these checks.
Hassim’s lawyers claimed that such weight requirements were unjust and were not regulated by other competitors such as British Airways and Lufthansa.
It was also claimed that there had been no safety problems with various other airlines.
They also disputed that Hassim, who was a pound above the target, would not prevent her from performing her duties to the best of her ability.
In the court’s ruling, president Syed Noh Said Nazir said: “The court is convinced that the company had offered the claimant sufficient chances and opportunities to comply with the company’s policies and that, despite the many opportunities, the claimant did not consistently had reached optimum weight. “
When 2015 announced in Malaysia that its weight policy was said: “As cabin crew you are not only responsible for the appearance of the company, but you are also responsible for the safety of our passengers during flights. As front-line uniformers, the cabin crew throws an unforgettable image in the minds of our valued guests. “
“With this policy, the airline will see healthier cabin crew projecting an image that matches that of the world’s best cabin crew and to ensure passenger safety when needed.”
MailOnline has contacted Malaysia Airlines.