Sunday, August 14, 2011

Airline Fires Cockpit Sex Crew - Updated

In the cockpit sex photo scandal, Cathay Pacific Airlines has completed its investigation and identified the participants. Chief Executive Officer John Slosar said the pilot and flight attendant involved have been fired.
Industry sources said they suspected the photos were a malicious stunt designed to hurt the company, but the company confirmed the images were authentic.

Slosar said the passenger jet was not in flight when the photos were taken.

"I find any behavior that recklessly soils the reputation of our company or our team members as totally unacceptable," Slosar said.
Given the biologically messy nature of sex in general and customary spillage, it's likely the company's reputation wasn't the only thing soiled. Heh.

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Airline Investigates Cockpit Sex Photos
[Previous 8/7/11 post]

(Hong Kong) When it comes to distractions, there undoubtedly are things worse than texting while driving.
Cathay Pacific said on Sunday that it had launched a “full investigation” into photos allegedly showing a flight attendant performing oral sex on a pilot aboard an aircraft of the Hong Kong carrier.

Several pixellated photos of the act have been published in local Chinese-language media, showing the woman in a red outfit resembling Cathay’s cabin crew uniform giving oral sex to a man who the reports said was a pilot.

“We are conducting a full investigation into the matter and there are some indications that the female shown in the photos may be a member of our cabin crew,” a Cathay spokeswoman said in a statement to AFP.
Reportedly, the recipient of the oral sex filed a criminal complaint stating that someone stole the photos from his computer.
“One of the photos appears to have been taken inside an aircraft cockpit,” an airline spokesman said. “There is no way to tell conclusively whether the photo was taken while the aircraft was on the ground or airborne.” He said the airline was trying to identify the woman who was dressed in what appeared to be a Cathay Pacific cabin crew uniform.

“As we have more than 8,000 cabin crew, some in Hong Kong and some elsewhere, this process will take time. The male in the photo is not identifiable as the face is not shown. There is no evidence whatsoever that he is a pilot on duty. His clothing does not appear to be Cathay Pacific pilot uniform,” the spokesman said.

Becky Kwan Siu--wa, a former chief of the Cathay Pacific Flight Attendants Union, said, “I don’t think this happened on the plane. It is just someone trying to be malicious who has sent these photographs around out of spite.
Sensational story, no doubt, but it's largely speculation based on pictures appearing on the Internet. Chuckle and move on.

Companion post (w/pic) at TJR.

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