Last updated: 04:00 PM ET, Mon June 13 2016

Airline Apologizes Following Joke About Intentionally Crashing Plane

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | June 13, 2016

Airline Apologizes Following Joke About Intentionally Crashing Plane

Photo via Flickr/Alec Wilson

Thailand’s low-cost airline Nok Air has apologized after images surfaced of a conversation between one of the company’s pilots and his friends making jokes about crashing a plane with a former prime minister on board.

According to The Associated Press, a screenshot from a conversation between the Nok Air pilot and his friends was shared on social media Sunday, sparking criticism of the airline. Nok Air Chief Executive Patee Sarasin responded by saying this kind of behavior is not acceptable and that he would be calling former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra himself to apologize.

The incident occurred when Yingluck was preparing to board the Nok Air flight in Phrae, Thailand, and the first officer snapped a photo of the former prime minister. The pilot then posted the image in a group chat with the comment; “There's a prey on board.”

Several of the pilot’s friends commented on the photo with inappropriate jokes that included requesting the pilot do a “CFIT,” also known as a controlled flight into terrain. It was unclear if the pilot’s friends were also employed in the aviation industry or not.

In response, Yingluck shared her comments on Facebook Monday, saying she hoped the incident would become an example of “not bringing in personal attitudes into professional services. Especially when it is about life and safety.”

In addition, Nok Air also posted an apology on the company's Facebook page.


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