The recent buzz on Malindo Air’s recruitment strip-down grooming checks are nothing new and it shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Following Malindo’s PR media statement, I agree that it is a common industrial practice and they have every right to conduct such checks in order to fulfill their responsibility as an employer and in the best interest of their customers.
The aviation profession is not for the faint hearted.
Aircrews will be trained to handle with mid-air turbulence, disruptive and aggressive passengers, managing regimented work schedules, air-crash disasters, etc.
It is not a regular 9-5 job and certainly not a job for those who can’t follow regulatory controls.
This (strip-down/ grooming check) procedure is also applied in the civil service, police, military and almost every uniformed units for the very same reason and has absolutely nothing to do with sexual discrimination against women as the same requirement is also applicable to male candidates.
The strip down check is also conducted in pre-employment practices of some hotel chains for front-liners, usually by the hotel’s clinic or medical panel.
Grooming issues aside, human factors, safety and security related concerns are taken into account.
For one, besides good looks, a candidate needs to be fit and be ABLE to handle the job without any physical disabilities.
Physical markings such as gang-related tattoos are considered high-risk.
For those with body implants (breasts, buttocks, etc.), there could be potential health issues when air pressure falls during flights.
I guess at the end of the day, if potential candidates can’t even comply with the most basic requirements even before a contracted period, the aviation job may not be suitable for them.