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Former flight attendants reveal the strict rules they must follow

FORMER flight attendants have revealed the strict rules they must follow on the job – including having a certain weight.

Former Emirates employees say they are subject to a rigid grooming regimen and will be punished by ‘weighing police’ if they are deemed too heavy.

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Karla Bayson says expectant mothers must sign a contract before taking maternity leave and agree they will lose their pregnancy weight before returning to work at EmiratesCredit: Twitter / @ KarlaBayson

The flight attendant explained that Emirates has a dedicated “Appearance Management Program” to ensure flight attendants look like this department.

Karla Bayson, 36, said the image and uniform rules were strict, including neat hair, red, neutral or clear nail polish and no tattoos.

Karla, who worked at Emirates for nine years before leaving in 2021, said she has seen some of her colleagues receive warnings about their weight.

She told Insiders Employees deemed overweight are given two weeks to “lose weight”, and every two weeks they are “rechecked”, provided that they must lose weight in order to continue working.

She also says expectant mothers must sign a contract before taking maternity leave and agree that they will lose the pregnancy weight before returning to work.

Former flight attendant Maya Dukaric revealed that overweight flight attendants can be fired if they don’t lose weight within a certain time frame.

“If you don’t lose within that exact amount of time, you could lose your job,” she said.

“You’re always under a lot of pressure because you always think you need to be perfect.”

Maya said that the “weight police” would go through the airport and stop the crew they thought had gained weight and say, “Hey honey. You need to slow down.”

One HR business partner at Emirates, who wished to remain anonymous, said there is a ruthless culture of luring each other to gain weight.

Maya Dukaric reveals overweight flight attendants can be fired if they don't lose weight within a certain time frame

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Maya Dukaric reveals overweight flight attendants can be fired if they don’t lose weight within a certain time frameCredit: Instagram / @ maya_dukaric

“The culture of talking to management is pervasive,” they say.

They say that if you do not lose weight, you will be subject to warnings, weight checks and salary cuts.

And a former Emirates manager revealed that around 150 of the 25,000 flight attendants will join the Appearance Management Program at the same time.

The latest statements from former flight attendants come just months after another Emirates flight attendant said she was quitting after three years of weighing herself.

Duygu Karaman, 37, said she was regularly prevented from getting on planes and put on a scale to see if she could lose a few pounds.

The last three years of her decade at the Emirates have been spent tracking her BMI and tracking her body, Duygu claims.

She told Mirror: “Definitely not okay. I was really upset for a long time and then I lost my confidence.

“Emirates is really strict with their grooming policy. You never see an old flight attendant. They want people who look good.”

“I checked my weight without warning before flights. I had to go into the weight room and get checked. I tried to stay at that weight, but sometimes I would put on a kilo or two.

“I’m very upset. When they make me have my weight checked, I have to go back to zero months, and you have to stay clear for a year to be given away.”

After 10 years of working, the constant weight loss and body criticism caused Duygu to quit his job.

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'Weight police' will stop flight attendants at the airport and ask them to lose weight

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‘Weight police’ will stop flight attendants at the airport and ask them to lose weightCredit: Alamy
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