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Support for Cathay hostess sacked for threatening to throw coffee

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 December, 2012, 3:57am

More than 100 Facebook users have vowed not to travel with Cathay Pacific after the airline confirmed that the cabin attendant who declared she wanted to throw coffee at the daughter of ousted Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra is out of a job.

It is not clear if the hostess was sacked or resigned.

A Facebook post by the flight attendant reportedly showed a photo of the passenger list for a Hong Kong-bound Cathay flight from Bangkok on November 25, on which she came across Paetongtarn Shinawatra's name.

She wrote: "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."

Cathay said on Monday the attendant had "privately posted certain information on a social media site about one of our passengers". It said this was unauthorised. "We can also confirm that the cabin crew concerned is no longer an employee," it added.

The airline's Facebook page was initially flooded with comments calling for the attendant to be fired.

But yesterday, many postings on the page backed the hostess, with a lot of them from Thailand.

A poster using the name Kittiphum Earthling wrote: "You made a wrong move to fire that poor cabin attendant. What she wrote on her facebook as nothing to do with the situation in that flight ... She has the right to hate someone but as a cabin attendant, she showed her professionalism and acted accordingly."