Since Saturday, Air India employees have been eating a little leaner, thanks to a low-fat diet the airline has made as mandatory eating.
The move was spurred by the health of the crew members, an airline spokesperson told CNN.
“Taking into consideration the health factor of crew, an initiative has been taken by director operations to revise the in-flight food menu for the crew,” Air India senior manager Doma Tshering told CNN. “In view of the above, a special low fat diet meal for crew has been worked out on a day-wise basis in order to provide light and healthy meals with a home (Indian) touch.”
Flights from Delhi and Mumbai now serve crew breakfast dishes including green peas bhurji, oats, a variety of egg white omelettes, and an assortment of kebabs, The Times of India reported.
This new menu “is also cost-effective,” spokesperson Dhananjay Kumar told CNN.
The move is an attempt to improve crew health and thus airplane safety, airline officials said — though in the past they have come down on female flight attendants for their weight, and are getting a rep for going heavy-handed on body type.
To wit, in 2015 Air India grounded 130 crew, mostly women, for being overweight — which meant more than 140 pounds, Travel+Leisure reported.
Air India has been trying to regulate cabin crew weight since at least the 1980s, according to The Independent.