I’m talking about Hainan Airlines’ rather extreme method of checking a pilot’s personal hygiene before hiring them.
The recruitment team at China’s fourth largest airline will actually sniff the armpits of applicants and make a judgment on their suitability… along with other, more important factors I hope!
There’s bad news for those with noticeable body odour… the likelihood of their application progressing further is pretty slim.
The story was heavily reported by the international media last year and interest has somehow peaked once again in the past week, with a number of websites reporting on the story.
There’s even a video doing the rounds, which you can watch below, taken from a recruitment event in the Shanxi province.
"No passenger wants to smell a pilot’s armpits," one of the team was quoted as saying in the media. "And if they can keep their cool in this test, they aren’t going to sweat in the cockpit.”
The airline’s other (more understandable) requirements for prospective pilots include 20/20 vision, a maximum height of 6' 2", and the ability to communicate in English.
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However, even if applicants tick those boxes, the body odour issue could be a deal breaker. "I was doomed by my armpits, which are always a bit whiffy," one of the hopefuls apparently told reporters, although it’s such a comedic statement I have to question whether it’s true!
The video is below. What are your thoughts on the matter? As always, leave your comments below, and don’t forget to like my Facebook page to stay updated on the latest aviation videos, photos and stories. Click here to visit.