Cathay attendant quits over threat to throw coffee over ex-Thai PM’s daughter
A Cathay Pacific flight attendant has quit her job after writing on her Facebook page that she wanted to throw coffee on a passenger who is the youngest daughter of Thailand’s ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
The flight attendant caused a stir in the Thai online communities last week for posting hostile comments about Paetongtarn Shinawatra. She also posted a picture of Paetongtarn’s seating number.
On Monday, the Hong Kong-based airline posted its Thailand Facebook page that the stewardess is “no longer an employee.” It did not release the name of the flight attendant, whose Facebook handle is Honey Lochanachai. She said on Monday on Facebook that she resigned to take responsibility.
Thaksin, a divisive figure in Thai politics, lives in self-imposed exile. His sister Yingluck is the current prime minister.
The Facebook post by the flight attendant reportedly showed a photo of the manifest - the list of passengers - for a Hong Kong-bound Cathay flight from Bangkok on November 25, on which the attendant came across Paetongtarn’s name.
“I never expected that [Paetongtarn] was on board today,” the post read. “I immediately told my flight manager I could not work knowing the daughter of my enemy was on the plane.
“I called my personal adviser asking if it would be all right to throw coffee at Paetongtarn, but was told that this could breach Hong Kong’s laws.
“I was so angry, and could not come to terms with the failure of [the November 24] anti-government rally in Bangkok.”