An Air India plane
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No gray hair, no short pants when staying in hotels: The airline Air India has set new rules for its cabin crew.
The television station NDTV reported on this, and parts of the new handout were published there.
The airline has urged its cabin crew to follow the guidelines as soon as possible, the report said.
Under the new rules, male cabin crew will be required to use hair gel and shave the remaining hair on large bald patches every day, according to the airline's new rules manual.
The hair should be washed every two days, "grey hair must be dyed regularly, and only in a natural hair color".
Female cabin crew must therefore wear earrings and paint nails to match the uniform.
It is obligatory to wear make-up according to the products listed separately.
Women also have to dye gray hair regularly.
Wavy, curly and frizzy hair should not be worn open.
When staying overnight in hotels, employees are not allowed to wear ripped jeans, shorts or miniskirts.
Stockings are mandatory for all outfits, they have to match the color of the skin and shouldn't have a pattern.
On flights, crew members should check their body odor regularly and add deodorant or perfume if necessary.
Braces are not allowed, nor are large, colorful glasses.
"Air India is the only airline in the country that has been operating around the world for many decades," local news agency ANI reported, according to NDTV, citing an Air India source.
As a reason for the changed regulations, ANI wrote, citing cabin crew, that the previous image no longer met international standards.
The new management wants to change perception.
The Indian company Tata Sons bought the state airline a few months ago.