by VR Sreeraman on  July 29, 2008 at 12:13 PM General Health News
 Indian Pilots With High Blood Pressure, Stress Urged Not to Fly
India's national aviation watchdog warned airlines Monday to yank crew from flight duty if they are suffering from high blood pressure or stress.

The Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) also issued guidelines on weight, advising cabin crew to slim down -- especially at the hips and waist.

"If any crew member is found suffering from hypertension or high blood pressure in the tests conducted 24 hours before flying, he or she must be taken off from flying duties," the DGCA said, making blood pressure tests compulsory.

Aviation experts have warned that private Indian airlines overwork staff because of shortages in trained personnel and the highly competitive nature of the booming aviation sector.

Source: AFP

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