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Pouring Champagne back into bottle? Emirates probe

July 18, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A video clip lasting only 11 or 12 seconds has captured Emirates’ attention and that of many flyers around the world – because it appears to show a flight attendant pouring a glass of Champagne back into the bottle aboard an Emirates flight.

The highly regarded airline is investigating the viral video posted online, which a YouTube caption says was filmed by a passenger on an Emirates flight from Dubai to Barcelona in April 2017.

The National, a major news source in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), reports that cabin crew have defended the actions of the female flight attendant. It has been suggested that pouring Champagne back into the bottle makes it easier to dispose of in the air.

The clip seems to be a brief pan-around of an almost empty business class section. The attendant is caught, seemingly by accident and unawares, at the start of the clip.

You can watch it here:

What can the explanation be?

“Hey – I’m a flight attendant – what I think is going on here is that the attendant is probably pouring the unused champagne back in the bottle before take off to then dispose of once the plane takes off,” one respondent commented.

“We’re not allowed to pour things out while we’re on the ground. I bet they’re pouring it all back in the bottle so they can then pour it out at cruising instead of dumping it all in the trash can making it all soggy before takeoff.”

Britain’s Independent pointed out that others had criticised the act, claiming the unused Champagne could have been recycled – served again.

Emirates told The National it was investigating and issued a statement.

“Emirates strives to consistently deliver the highest quality products and customer service,” a spokesperson said.

“What the video depicts is not in line with our service standards. We are investigating the matter.”

The Dubai-based airline, a crucial commercial partner of Qantas, is currently the subject of two complaints about large amounts of money mysteriously vanishing from passengers’ baggage in the opulent first class section. See: Cash vanished on Emirates – another case surfaces

Written by Peter Needham

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