QR Exec Publicly Shames Drunken (Off-Duty) Flight Attendant
The public shaming of a Qatar
Airways flight attendant who had a few too many drinks is drawing public
A female flight attendant was
apparently highly intoxicated when she was dropped off at her accommodations in
Qatar. She didn’t make it to her apartment, passing out fully clothed just
short of the entrance doors. She was later found by other crew members and
carried to her apartment.
She likely wouldn’t have felt good
in the morning in any circumstances, but it got worse when she learned that a
superior had e-mailed a photo of her passed out in the apartment lobby to other
staff, apparently as a cautionary tale.
Rossen Dimitrov, the airline’s
Senior Vice President of Customer Experience, sent an angry e-mail to all QR
cabin crew. In the message, marked as “high importance,” Dimitrov wrote: “I am
so ashamed and disturbed by this behaviour displayed by a tenured member of our
team, an adult who has been with the company for over 9 years. How can we
change rules when we do not behave as mature individuals? I am very
Disappointed? Sure. But did you
really need to e-mail a compromising photo to address the issue?
QR Senior Manager Brian Ashby
believes it was necessary, as he told Sweden’s Aftonbladet newspaper. “It was
sent to urge our cabin crew to do their work environment as well as it can be
while respecting the norms and values of Qatari society in which we work […]
We quickly wanted to highlight this type of problem that could cause behaviour
that offends the local culture.”
Ashby noted that citizens in Qatar
do not consume alcohol and that it would be “disrespectful” for foreigners to
be seen in an intoxicated state. Hmmm. Just wait ‘til the World Cup.
USAToday reports that last
month, the International Transport Workers Union acquired a QR hiring
contract which allegedly stated that a female crew member could be fired
if she did not ask for permission before getting pregnant or getting married.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker called the union’s claims of sexism “a
load of bullshit.”