Give That Flight Attendant A Promotion

I travel enough to understand how airlines work, particularly as it relates to treatment of passengers. I find this story deeply confusing:

An air hostess who posted a picture of herself giving her passengers the finger has been sacked by Aeroflot airline bosses in Russia after it ended up on Twitter.

Shouldn’t she…

  1. Foxman

    It took me a minute to get what you were saying, but yes passenger abuse does seem to be corporate policy.  Perhaps it was because it was done covertly and as such did not make the passngers uncorfortable.

  2. Mollie Hemingway
    C
    Foxman: It took me a minute to get what you were saying, but yes passenger abuse does seem to be corporate policy.  Perhaps it was because it was done covertly and as such did not make the passngers uncorfortable. · 5 minutes ago

    That’s it! She wasn’t brutal enough. She didn’t humiliate the passengers or raise their blood pressure.

  3. Fake John Galt

    Maybe she flipped off the CEO? That can get you fired.

  4. Colin B Lane

    I assume the finger actually belongs to the CEO, who has bestowed upon passengers the “opportunity” to pay $30 to “upgrade” to “Economy Plus” after they’ve already shelled out $650 for a window seat near the toilet and $25-50 to have the plane they paid $650 to ride on actually carry their bags below.

    Possible Caption: “Suckas!!!”

  5. Pseudodionysius
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.

    Foxman: It took me a minute to get what you were saying, but yes passenger abuse does seem to be corporate policy.  Perhaps it was because it was done covertly and as such did not make the passngers uncorfortable. · 5 minutes ago

    That’s it! She wasn’t brutal enough. She didn’t humiliate the passengers or raise their blood pressure. · 47 minutes ago

    Edited 41 minutes ago

    If she was following the Putin method of customer relations I think the appropriate response was to poison all of the inflight meals with a radioactive isotope.

  6. Pseudodionysius
    Pseudodionysius

    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.

    Foxman: It took me a minute to get what you were saying, but yes passenger abuse does seem to be corporate policy.  Perhaps it was because it was done covertly and as such did not make the passngers uncorfortable. · 5 minutes ago

    That’s it! She wasn’t brutal enough. She didn’t humiliate the passengers or raise their blood pressure. · 47 minutes ago

    Edited 41 minutes ago

    If she was following the Putin method of customer relations I think the appropriate response was to poison all of the inflight meals with a radioactive isotope. · 0 minutes ago

    That said, Delta airlines could probably offer her a job as a special operations attendant during Detroit snowstorms.

  7. Franco

    No because you have to do it with a smile. Not CEO material.

  8. Fricosis Guy

    She’s United Airlines Employee of the Month material.

  9. Fred Cole
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.

    Fred Cole

    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.:

    Shouldn’t she have been promoted to CEO? · · 4 hours ago

    OH I GET IT!

    It represents the disdain airlines have for their customers. · 5 minutes ago

    Is my joke telling that bad? Don’t make me feel bad. · 2 hours ago

    No.  It doesn’t translate as well into text.  When I do it in person there’s a delay and then I say it.  According to Matt Greoning, Buster Keaton said the audience always loves a slow thinker.

  10. Fred Cole

    In fact, when I do that, the more I dissect the joke, the funnier it gets.

  11. Charles Mark

    I took long return flights on Aeroflot about 20 years ago- quite an experience. And I think one of the hostesses might have been Tatiana’s grandmother!

  12. Rachel Lu
    C

    Aeroflot, of all airlines! Definitely the scariest, craziest airline experience I have ever had. Together with my happy foray into the St. Petersburg airport. It would take too long to put it all in a single comment, but here’s one happy tidbit: everyone was smoking in the bathroom. The smoke was positively billowing from the doors. But when I tried to open my laptop, the flight attendant told me I couldn’t.

    (I didn’t fully get the explanation for why. I don’t speak Russian but I do, or at least did, speak Uzbek, as did many other passengers since we were going to Tashkent. So one of the other passengers was trying to help translate, but about all I got was “very important rule”. Unlike the rule about smoking in the bathroom, apparently.)

  13. Fred Cole
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.:

    Shouldn’t she have been promoted to CEO? · · 4 hours ago

    OH I GET IT!

    It represents the disdain airlines have for their customers.

  14. Mollie Hemingway
    C
    Fred Cole

    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.:

    Shouldn’t she have been promoted to CEO? · · 4 hours ago

    OH I GET IT!

    It represents the disdain airlines have for their customers. · 5 minutes ago

    Is my joke telling that bad? Don’t make me feel bad.

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