I thought we had put sexism behind us, and then I find out that low price Indian air carrier GoAir will be hiring only female crew members from now on, as they weigh on average 44 pounds less than men. This is projected to save the airline $4,000,000 a year in fuel costs.
Sorry dude in yellow shirt above!
Fine. I admit it. Cute planes. Cute stews.
As a small business owner, I understand the basic truth that there are only two ways to make money in this world: increase revenue or decrease costs, or get lucky in Vegas, or rob a casino. So I might go with a cheaper well whiskey if I find it palatable, or I’ll buy generic sticky notes instead of Post It brand, but I will not discriminate on the basis of gender: I hire just as many hot guys as I do hot women to be bartenders!
GoAir will not fire its current male crew members, which comprise 40% of its crew, but future stewards are out of luck.
I don’t know Indian law, but I assume all of this is legal. And if that’s the case, then why doesn’t GoAir discriminate against women over a certain weight? I don’t care for discrimination, but if it’s gonna happen, I like to see it applied evenly.
In a nice bit of cheeseball deflection, GoAir chief executive Giorgio DeRoni (did they look for a CEO whose name sounded sexist?!!) said the decision was driven by the rupee’s sharp fall against the dollar over the past year.
“The rupee’s fall has hurt the industry badly. All major expenses – aircraft leasing, spare parts and fuel costs – are linked to the dollar.”
And I thought we on the Left Coast were the only ones in the “blame America first” crowd!
Well played, sir!