Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Cathay Pacific investigates 'aircraft sex photos'

CATHAY Pacific said it had launched a ''full investigation'' into photos allegedly showing a flight attendant performing oral sex on a pilot aboard an aircraft of the Hong Kong carrier.
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''We are conducting a full investigation into the matter and there are some indications that the female shown in the photos may be a member of our cabin crew,'' a Cathay spokeswoman said in a statement.

''Our investigations are continuing and we have nothing further to add at this stage,'' she said, without commenting on the identity of the man, whose clothing in the published photo did not appear to be a Cathay pilot uniform.

''There is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that the act took place inflight, and there are no reasons to believe that any safety breaches have occured,'' the spokeswoman added.

A spokesman for the firm was quoted as saying in separate comments to the South China Morning Post newspaper: ''One of the photos appears to have been taken inside an aircraft cockpit. There is no way to tell conclusively whether the photo was taken while the aircraft was on the ground or airborne.''

Reports in Hong Kong media said the pictures had been widely circulated on an online forum for pilots, and added that the duo in the photos were a couple.

According to the Chinese-language Apple Daily, the pilot - a foreigner - has issued a legal letter to the newspaper saying the photos had been stolen from his personal computer and that he had lodged a police report.

Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong's top airline, has 13,000 staff around the world, including more than 8000 cabin crew and 4000 working in airports, according to its website.

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The following statement is issued on behalf of Mr. John Slosar, Chief Executive of Cathay Pacific Airways:

“I can confirm that two members of our crew shown in compromising situations in photographs published recently in Chinese-language daily newspapers are no longer employees of the company.

I can also report that we have found no evidence to suggest that the incidents happened on any of our flights while airborne.

We will now produce a report of our findings and pass it to our regulator, the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department. We will continue to co-operate with the CAD as required.

I know that many people were disturbed by the damage this incident caused to the reputation of our cockpit and cabin crews, all of them serious safety and service professionals, and to the airline itself.

I want to assure the public and all of our staff that we conducted a thorough investigation into the circumstances in which the photographs were taken and published.

And I can provide further assurance that our investigation was fair, conducted without fear or favour and with no special consideration or regard for rank or position in the company.

As Chief Executive of Cathay Pacific, let me be crystal clear about one thing: I find any behaviour that recklessly soils the reputation of our company or our team members as totally unacceptable.

That’s why we moved as swiftly as we could to ascertain the facts of the case, and to take decisive action.

I appreciate that some people wish to know more details of our findings.

However, the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance strictly limits us from discussing matters between the company and individual employees.

For this reason, we cannot release information about the specific actions that have been taken by management or individual members of staff, or comment on rumours relating to individuals.

This is the law, and we must and will respect it.

But I am satisfied that the actions we have taken are the right ones and that the lessons learned will make all of us in the company even more conscious of our responsibilities under our own Code of Conduct and the privacy provisions of Hong Kong law.

Finally, I would like to thank the Cathay Pacific team for their understanding and concern as we carried out our inquiries, and also to those who conducted the investigation with diligence, determination and commitment to a fair process.”


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