Sunday 18 February 2018

Sky not the limit when it comes to body odour

I ALWAYS thought the main asset required to become a pilot was – apart from a decent brain – 20/20 vision. Apparently I was wrong. China's fourth largest airline, Hainan Airlines, requires all its applicants to undergo a 'sniff test'.

This is actually as base as it seems. The airline has stipulated that it will not hire pilots that have bad body odour. And so, potential pilots are forced to raise their arms in the air, while the recruiters lean in and have a good sniff of their armpits.

It seems strange that the recruiters would care so much about how their pilots smell. Don't pilots spend most of their time locked in the cockpit, away from passengers' sensitive noses? But as a Hainan Airlines tester explained: "Our staff works very closely with the public, and no passenger wants to smell a pilot's armpits. And if they can keep their cool in this test, they aren't going to sweat in the cockpit."

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