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Flight Attendant Fired for Being Overweight

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A Malaysia Airlines flight attendant fired almost three years ago for being one pound overweight has lost her unfair dismissal case.

According to British newspaper The Independent, Ina Meliesa Hassim, who worked for the airline for 25 years, weighed 9-stone 7-pounds when her contract was terminated in 2017. That’s 133 pounds, one pound over the 132-pound maximum demanded by the airline.

Hassim filed a complaint against the company under Section 20(3) of the Industrial Relations Act 1967, but the court ruled against her and in favor of Malaysia Airlines in a ruling issued on Feb. 14.

“The court is convinced that the company had provided the claimant with ample opportunities and chances to comply with the company’s policy and that despite the many opportunities, however, the claimant had consistently failed to achieve her optimal weight,” Court chairman Syed Noh Said Nazir said in the ruling.

Malaysia Airlines uses body mass index (BMI) as its arbiter of what is and isn’t considered healthy, and issued new guidelines in 2015 in which employees who did not have a healthy BMI were offered the opportunity to enroll in a weight management program.

Hassim was given 18 months to comply—Malaysia Airlines said she missed several weigh-ins—and the judge agreed with the carrier’s policy, saying it is the company’s right to implement policy regarding employees’ weight.

“The weight management programme was in no way discriminatory as it applies among all crew and the company had at all times ensured that the claimant and all its crew were accorded every opportunity possible to achieve their optimum weight,” the judge ruled.

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American Airlines Offering Roundtrip Fares as Low as $32

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Granted, there are very few people taking to the air these days in the wake of the devastating global spread of the coronavirus.

But American Airlines, for whatever reason, is offering one of those crazy once-in-a-lifetime deals.

As first reported by One Mile At A Time, American has a fare through the month of April where you can fly from Miami to Los Angeles for $16 each way.

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Yep, that’s right – $32 roundtrip to go coast to coast.

No doubt it’s one of the most eye-catching, startling fares ever offered, even better than when some airlines run a buy one/get one special. Not that we didn’t believe One Mile At A Time, one of the most well-respected and well-read aviation blogs out there, but we had to see this for ourselves.

Sure enough, when TravelPulse checked it out on Sunday, the fare had increased.

By eight whole dollars.

Choosing random dates and leaving Miami International Airport for Los Angeles International on April 22 and returning April 29, the fare for basic economy was $40 roundtrip. Want a better seat? Main cabin fares were just $96 roundtrip. (Forget about first class. You didn’t think American was that generous, did you? Those fares were $854 roundtrip.)

For the month of May, again choosing random dates and leaving Miami on May 13 and returning May 20, we found basic economy roundtrip fares for $56 and main cabin for $121.

So who’s going to take a flyer on these fares while the virus is still raging?

Certainly, there will be some folks, especially those that might absolutely need to travel more immediately. Or, you might have the gamblers out there who will take the chance that the pandemic and the restrictions will come to an end sooner than later, making the purchase of a May flight seem like a steal.

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