Tata-owned Air India has changed the grooming rules for its cabin crew. One of the points in the latest guidelines states that male cabin crew should change their receding hairline and bald patches to a clean shaven or bald look. The airline has asked its cabin crew to follow the guidelines immediately. News agency ANI quoted Air India sources as saying that hundreds of cabin crew members will take time to adjust to the new rules.
ANI quoted a source as saying, “Air India is the only airline in the country that has been serving the world for several decades. Crew representations and images are not as per international standards. The new management wants to change the perception of passengers.” .”
The Cabin Crew Handbook states, “The bald look is permitted for crew with male baldness patterns. Crew with U and V shaped hairlines, visible scalp and large bald patches must be kept completely bald. Clear- Head should be shaved daily for a neat look. Crew cut not allowed.”
The Cabin Crew Handbook, published under the name Guidelines, states, “Indecent merrymaking in the group should be avoided and decorum in uniform should always be maintained. Quiet conversation is always appreciated.”
Tata Sons had acquired control of Air India in October last year, almost 70 years after its nationalisation. The government selected the salt-to-software group as the winning bidder for the airline.
Air India will gradually induct 30 new aircraft. Which includes five wide-body Boeing aircraft. From December this year, the airline wants to boost its domestic and international services.
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