Airline pair win sacking appeal
SINGAPORE: A Singapore Airlines pilot and stewardess have won appeals against dismissal for misconduct after they were found together in a locked aircraft toilet on a flight from Bombay to Singapore. But their victory was not without cost.
The pilot, a first officer, has had his basic monthly salary of S$6,900 (HK$33,400) and allowances halved. He has also been suspended from work until April 14. A married man and father of two, he has been with the airline for 18 years.
The stewardess, who has been flying for just over a year, has had her monthly pay reduced to S$520, the starting rate for new recruits. She will be ineligible for increased pay or promotion for three years.
Airline management had described the conduct of the pilot and stewardess, who were off-duty and flying as passengers at the time of the incident, as unbecoming.
The disciplinary committee was told they were seated next to each other and drank alcohol during the flight.
The pilot said he had followed the stewardess into the toilet to help her because she was drunk and he did not want other passengers to see her vomiting.
The stewardess said she had gone to the toilet because she was feeling giddy after she drank some wine and took some medicine.
In considering the appeals, made by their unions, the airline was asked to take into account the pilot's years of service to the company and the stewardess' physical condition at the time of the incident.