Air India is introducing new low-fat “diet” meals for crews. Is this another not-so-subtle attempt at fat-shaming or just another cost cutting cutting move for a cash-starved airline?
Effective immediately, Air India cabin crews (flight attendants and pilots) will be served “diet” meals on all flights departing New Delhi (DEL) and Mumbai (BOM).
SPECIAL LOW FAT DIET MEALS FOR CREW
Taking into account the health factor of the crew, an initiative has been taken by director operations to revise the in-flight food menu for the crew.
In view of the above, a special low-fat diet meal for the crew has been worked out on a day-wise basis, to provide light and healthy meals with a home [Indian] touch.
These will not supplement, but replace regular offerings.
One Mile at a Time wonders if fat-shaming is behind the move. He rightly notes that in the past Air India has marginalized and even terminated crew members for their weight.
While I don’t discount that is part of the equation, my hunch is the real reason for the change is cost-cutting.
The Hindustan Times quotes Air India spokesman Dhananjay Kumar and I find the last sentence quite revealing.
We are introducing healthy special meals for all the crew. The new menu is also cost-effective.
Air India lost ₹7,600 crore last year ($1.07BN) and has debt over ₹58,300 crore ($8.21BN). Staggering, isn’t it?
The new meals, which include beetroot ki tikki, tinda masala, palak matar bhurji, lauki ki subzi, and malka masoor dal all sound fairly tasty. But forcing crews to diet kills two birds with one stone (pun intended). It helps to combat obesity and saves a few bucks…not that the losses ever seem to truly matter. Hopefully the new meals will not include cockroaches.
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