Aviation

Ryanair cabin crew sacked after staging photo

Last month, a photo on Twitter went viral, showing a Ryanair cabin crew laying on the floor.

The picture was done in protest after the crew’s treatment at Malaga Airport on October 14, when, instead of being given a hotel room for the night, the crew had to spend hours in an office with only a few chairs.

And now, six crew members have been fired because of the photo, according to The Daily Telegraph.

In total, eight pilots and 16 cabin crew flew into the Spanish city in the middle of the night, after being delayed by Hurricane Leslie.

This week, Ryanair made a statement to Sun Online Travel confirming the news.

“All six cabin crew members in Porto were dismissed on Monday, November 5 for breach of contract on grounds of gross misconduct, after staging a fake photograph to support a false claim (widely reported in international media outlets) that they were ‘forced to sleep on the floor’ of the Malaga crew room,” the airline said.

“(This) was behaviour which damaged their employer’s reputation and caused an irreparable breach of trust with these six persons.”

In October, the airline also posted CCTV footage of the photo being faked.

But Luciana Passo, head of the Portuguese cabin crew union SNPVAC, said that the union will fight back against Ryanair.

“Ryanair thinks it was harmed by the publication of that photograph when it was no more than a show of the crew members’ justified feeling of indignation,” he told The Daily Telegraph.

“The union’s legal team are now dealing with the matter.”

Twitter users have also lashed out against the airline, saying that Ryanair shouldn’t have left crews at the airport in the first place.

The 24 crew members spent more than seven hours in the office, with only seven chairs between them, before being moved to a VIP area with shared couches.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Road & Rail

Tourism

Kiwi rail journey provider closes outdoor carriages due to dangerous selfies

Passengers’ risky behaviour in search of the ultimate selfie has forced the closure of some iconic train viewing platforms.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Travel Agents

Afterpay expands into travel with lay-by holiday offering

by Christian Fleetwood

Travel Weekly’s editor is planning to lay-by a holiday as soon as he finishes paying off a Hot Wheels Corkscrew Crash Track Set from Kmart.

Share

CommentComments

Road & Rail

At least 29 people killed in Madeira tourist bus crash

by Ali Coulton

The driver reportedly lost control of the bus before it plunged off the road and rolled down a hill.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

India’s Jet Airways collapses due to funding shortage

by Huntley Mitchell

It’s turning out to be a day of collapses this fine Thursday, with the office chair of Travel Weekly’s editor having just given way to his posterior.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Etihad to operate entirely plastic-free flight for Earth Day

This Earth Day, Travel Weekly is committing to slapping single-use coffee cups out of the hands of at least three commuters on our way to work. They’ll thank us when they recover from the burns.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Expedia to no longer be a controlled company following new acquisition

Online travel behemoth Expedia has broken the shackles and surfaced from its parent’s basement looking rather healthy, rather than malnourished and disheveled.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

One in five Aussies admit to missing their pets more than their kids when they go away

Pet owners across Australia are no doubt preparing to say tearful goodbyes to their furry life partners before going away this Easter, while simultaneously flipping off their kids.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Agent wrap: Qantas Holidays rewards premium agents, Bench Africa famil + more!

Does seeing all the famil pictures in our agent wraps make you green with envy? Take comfort in the fact that you don’t have to come into work for the next four days. We know we are.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Hotel wrap: Preferred hotels & resorts new members, Australia gets a second voco + more!

We took a 10-minute break from scoffing Easter eggs to bring you up to date with all the latest hotel openings and deals. You’re welcome.

Share

CommentComments

Events

Tourism

Travel Agents

Wholesalers

Why you need to attend the Amazing Tastes of Thailand roadshow

The Amazing Tastes of Thailand roadshow is just around the corner! Here’s why YOU need to be there.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Carnival cruise ship rescues dozens of people adrift at sea

A Carnival cruise ship has gone all Baywatch and saved the day by helping rescue a vessel carrying more than 20 passengers adrift in the Gulf of Mexico.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

WTF? Air stewards are selling unwashed uniforms on eBay

Inspired by this story, Travel Weekly’s editor is attempting to sell a pair of his unwashed Calvin Klein briefs on Gumtree, all for a low, low price of $1.25 plus shipping.

Share

CommentComments