In-Flight Proposal Leads To Dismissal Of Flight Attendant

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Are we experiencing public proposal fatigue? This week’s live marriage plea during the Emmy Awards was a high-profile example of the social media-driven global trend of publicly proposing marriage.

But another recent example – on an airplane flight – didn’t end so well for the potential bride. 

A video, with over a million views, shows a female China Eastern flight attendant accepting a surprise mid-flight marriage proposal from her boyfriend. Pax applauded and the inevitable multiple video(s) caused much delight online – until the airline fired the attendant for causing a disturbance on the flight.

The brief video clip (just over a minute) shows a male passenger getting up from one knee and bowing after successfully asking for his flight attendant girlfriend’s hand. The attendant then gets on the microphone and tells passengers: “I really didn’t know my boyfriend will be proposing to me on this flight, thanks for being my witnesses.”

As Peter Needham of eGlobal Travel Media puts it: “a public relations firm could have made something of that romantic exchange,” but according to the Singapore-based AsiaOne news portal, the airline viewed it very differently.

China Eastern reportedly found that the mid-flight proposal caused a disturbance, constituting an irresponsible act that jeopardized passenger security.

On Chinese social media, some people viewed the airline’s action as heartless and overly strict – especially as the boyfriend’s plans caught the flight attendant by surprise.

Others agreed with the airline over the issue of keeping private affairs separate from a job that involves public safety, especially during working hours.

Where do you stand on inflight betrothals?

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.


Hanna Uehre - September 21, 2018 @ 15:19
I thought it was super sweet and hardly disturbing. Whatever happened to those flight attendants on airlines such as SouthWest and Westjet who make those mock announcements or sing them etc.
A proposal is hardly disturbing or a safety issue. Oh well.. it's a Chinese airline and they have different rules about these things.

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