Thursday 21 September 2017

Cathay Pacific sacks pilot, stewardess over cockpit sex photos

Cathay Pacific airline is investigating photographs that appear to show one of its stewardesses giving oral sex to a pilot in the cockpit of an aircraft.

Cathay Pacific sacks pilot, stewardess over cockpit sex photos

 

The existence of the photos was first reported in Chinese blogs on Saturday.

The South China Morning Post (SCMP) confirmed that the Hong Kong-based airline had launched a "full investigation" into the cockpit sex allegations.

The paper reported that a video was also rumored to have been posted online, but it was not clear where the sex act had taken place nor if any airline staff were involved.

"One of the photos appears to have been taken inside an aircraft cockpit," an airline spokesman said, according to Deutsche Presse-Agentur quoting the SCMP.

"There is no way to tell conclusively whether the photo was taken while the aircraft was on the ground or airborne."

The woman in the photograph was wearing what appeared to be a Cathay Pacific stewardess uniform but her identify had yet to be confirmed, the spokesman said. The male was "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 a Cathay Pacific pilot uniform,' the spokesman said.

The airline said it had more than 8,000 cabin crew, mostly based in Hong Kong.

 

The investigation results

Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific has sacked a pilot and a stewardess after photographs of them engaged in oral sex in a cockpit appeared online.

Chief Executive John Slosar said the unidentified couple were "no longer employees of the company," according to DPA news agency.

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.

"That's why we moved as swiftly as we could to ascertain the facts of the case, and to take decisive action."