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Qatar Airways VP Calls Out 'Drunk' Flight Attendant

Airlines & Airports | Patrick Clarke | March 19, 2015

Qatar Airways VP Calls Out 'Drunk' Flight Attendant

Photo via Twitter 

Qatar Airways has gone beyond turning one employee's misfortune into a teaching moment after a female flight attendant was caught snoozing on the floor right outside of the door to the staff accommodation. 

In addition to a hangover, the allegedly intoxicated Qatar Airways flight attendant is attempting to shake off embarrassment after the airline's vice president Rossen Dimitrov sent out a mass email to the entire company affirming his disappointment that included a photo of the woman passed out at the doorstep.

"I am so ashamed and disturbed by this behavior, displayed by a tenured member of our team, an adult who has been with the company for over nine years," Dimitrov wrote in the email via the Daily Mail. "I am very disappointed."

Here's a look at the photo that was sent along with the email courtesy of the Telegraph on Twitter:

According to a Qatar Airways spokesperson, "the email was sent to impress on our cabin crew that, to make their working environment as good as it can be, while still respecting the norms and values of the Qatari society in which we work, everyone has a part to play."

Perhaps a more rational warning email would have sufficed. 

Nonetheless, while drinking is acceptable or even encouraged in certain cultures, the spokesperson points out that it's often frowned upon in the part of the world where Qatar Airways is headquartered.

"In Doha, the consumption of alcohol is not permitted for nationals and, although drinking is permitted for foreigners, being seen to be drunk would be considered highly disrespectful—it would have negative implications for both the individual and those associated with them."

The spokesperson said that the airline wouldn't offer additional comment on the incident but notes that the matter is currently under investigation.

It remains to be seen whether the flight attendant will receive further punishment for her actions, however, it certainly appears that she's suffered enough for one silly night.

On the other hand, Qatar leadership's heavy-handed response is likely to alienate other employees and potentially rub customers the wrong way. 

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