Ryanair Crew Dismissed Over ‘Staged’ Photo Of Them Sleeping On Airport’s Floor
By Mikelle Leow, 08 Nov 2018
Image via Ryanair Corporate
Irish airline Ryanair has dismissed six cabin crew members following the circulation of a photo of them sleeping on the floor of an airport in Spain.
According to the BBC, more than 20 Ryanair employees were stranded in Malaga airport on 14 October because their Porto-bound flights were diverted.
SNPVAC, a union representing Portuguese airline crew members, alleged that the employees were forced to sleep on the floor without access to food or water.
However, Ryanair insisted that the photo was “fake” and an act of protest, and that “no crew slept on the floor.”
It reasoned that the employees only spent “a short period of time” in the crew room before being relocated to a VIP lounge. They returned to Porto the following day.
Ryanair defended that the viral photo had tainted its reputation, as well as “caused an irreparable breach of trust with these six persons.” The flight crew members were henceforth let go over “gross misconduct.”
The company also uploaded surveillance footage of the crew on Twitter to prove that the image was staged. Social media users didn’t take too well with its response, though; they argued that if the employees had indeed “faked” the photo, it was because they had reason to.
“Your crew were left stranded in an airport overnight,” tweeted YouTuber Callux. “On plastic chairs with a light turned off in the corner of a room and refused hotels because of your incompetence.”
“No wonder they faked a photo you, morons. Nice PR…”
Luciana Passo, head of SNPVAC, said in a statement, “Ryanair thinks it was harmed by the publication of that photograph when it was no more than a show of the crew members’ justified feeling of indignation.”
This is Porto crew last night stranded on the floor of Málaga crew room. They were diverted due to the storm and the company left them there.Posted by Ryanair MUST Change on Sunday, October 14, 2018
Ryanair exposes fake photo of cabin crew sleeping in crew room. Watch video here: pic.twitter.com/tzTn6EHsKH— Ryanair (@Ryanair) October 17, 2018
We thank Ryanair for the images ... and the related privacy violation that will have to answer because these images show...Posted by Ryanair MUST Change on Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Your crew were left stranded in an airport overnight. On plastic chairs with a light turned off in the corner of a room and refused hotels because of your incompetence.— Lux (@Callux) October 17, 2018
No wonder they faked a photo you morons. Nice PR lmao
Everyone already KNEW it was a protest picture you knuckleheads! The fact remains: you stranded FOUR CREWS in an airport terminal for the night and made no discernible attempt to find them proper lodging or even food and water!— Jim Atkinson (@Jimbaba) October 17, 2018
Thanks for the video @Ryanair @Ryanair_ES it will be used to demonstrate that crew were left in crew room seated on some chairs the whole night against FTL. @instrabajoyss This video also shows how the airline use confidential video of its workers abandoned in an office— USO Sector Aéreo (@USOAereo) October 17, 2018
Shows just how many crew you left stranded without any support from the company, exactly in line with what the Portuguese cabin crew union reported. So far, they are credible and Ryanair are not.— Adam Mark Smith 🎗️ (@AdamTheRedBaron) October 17, 2018
[via BBC, images via various sources]
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