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December 13, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

British Airways has fired three cabin crew for getting drunk on a stopover and damaging a hotel lobby – an embarrassment for the airline, which sacked a cabin crew manager recently for groping a male passenger.

A report in London’s Sun newspaper said the most recent sackings happened after three flight attendants went on “a raucous booze-up at a posh hotel”.

The hotel in question was in Nairobi, Kenya, which has a reputation as a lively layover. Guests were said to be “appalled” by drunken crew who allegedly lurched around causing damage in the lobby.

The report said hotel management at the four-star Ole Sereni complained to the airline, which terminated the trio’s employment.

The airline denied damage had occurred but confirmed it always took “appropriate action” if staff behaviour fell below the “exceptionally high standards of professionalism we expect”.

Just last month, in a separate incident, a court heard that British Airways had fired a cabin crew manager for having groped a snoozing male business-class passenger between the legs on a long-haul flight to Bangkok.

That case surfaced in London’s Isleworth Crown Court near Heathrow. The court was told that a drunken off-duty British Airways cabin crew manager had touched a male passenger at least three times, before fainting aboard the BA flight.

The male passenger told Isleworth Crown Court he had been touched three times on the flight.  He told the court: “I believe I said: ‘What the f*** are you doing? Stay away’,” the Slough Observer reported.

The prosecutor said a member of the airline’s staff on the flight had spoken about the incident to the defendant, cabin crew manager Paul Speak, 47, who was travelling off-duty on the flight, using points. The BA staffer had said Speak was obviously drunk. His “eyes rolled and he fainted and fell to the floor”.

Charged with sexual assault, Speak disputed the allegations but said he had taken a sleeping pill and had a few drinks before take-off last year.

He received a community service order, was ordered to pay GBP 400 costs and was made to sign on the sex offenders register for five years. The court heard BA had fired Speak after an internal disciplinary hearing last year, when the incident came to light.

Recorder Bruce Houlder QC told Speak that he was fortunate the in-flight behaviour had been reported to the UK police “rather than the police in Thailand” where the flight was headed.

Written by Peter Needham

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