Turkish Airlines recently suspended 28 flight attendants without pay for being too fat. The airline has given them six months to drop their weight and if they fail to do so, they will lose their job. The airline has stated that “Weight and height are important factors at all airlines. These criteria are important both in terms of appearance and the ability to move about.” Personally, I’m not so sure if this is fair. What is it with airlines and weight? Sometimes their behaviour reeks of weightism. If a passenger is above a certain weight they make them pay for a whole extra seat. Heck, they even make you pay extra if your suitcase weighs too much. However for the latter, there is a perfectly fine explanation. The more suitcases on board, the more fuel it will cost to fly the plane. And we all know how expensive fuel has become. But a wobbly bit here and there on the crew? Come on! Does that really matter? Now I have to admit that I’m not sure how much these flight attendants actually weighed. And I understand the airlines point of view about being mobile around the cabin, which could be of life saving importance in an emergency situation. I do think though that some airlines take it a step too far. I’m not sure what the criteria are to work for Virgin Atlantic for instance, but every time I fly on that airline it feels like I’m at a fashion show. All I see are stick thin air hostesses with blonde hair and blue eyes. Like they stepped out of a glossy magazine advertorial. But I honestly do not care if the person going through the safety instructions and serving me my in-flight snack and beverage looks like Kate Moss or Doutzen Kroes. Just as long as I’m fed and I know where to go in case of a crash, that’s all I care about.