New Delhi, May 6 UNI | 3 months ago

The Director General Civil Aviation (DGCA) has, for the first time, issued guidelines for medical examination of cabin crew to help them remain fit to discharge duties in inflight operations, including aircraft emergency, and perform cabin safety duty efficiently,

The Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) prescribing the requirement of body mass index (BMI) and rules for disposal of high BMI cases in terms of overweight and obese cabin crew, have laid down frequency of medical examinations including once every four years till 40 years of age, once every two years till the age of 50 years and yearly above 50 years of age.

"Based on the medical report, the cabin crew shall be categorised as fit, temporary unfit and permanent unfit," a spokesman of the Civil Aviation Ministry said here.

The CAR prescribes guidelines for disposal of cases of temporary unfit cabin crew and also permanent unfit cabin crew and lays down the appellate mechanism in cases of any grievance against the medical examination.

The CAR has been issued after extensive consultations with stakeholders and has become effective immediately.

The requirements have been issued under the provisions of Rule 38B of Aircrafts Rule 1937 which state that cabin crew must remain medically fit to discharge duties in inflight operations including aircraft emergency as specified in the Operations Manual.

This has been done after taking into consideration the "ageing process and requirement of agility to perform cabin safety duty efficiently," the official added.

(Posted on 07-05-2014)