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Airline sex scandal costs Cathay Pacific a few jobs

Airline sex scandal costs Cathay Pacific a few jobs

Cathay Pacific said two employees who were pictured online apparently performing oral sex on a plane have left the company. The Hong Kong-based airline launched an investigation last week after photos emerged of a woman in a red outfit resembling a Cathay cabin crew uniform performing oral sex on a man, allegedly her boyfriend, on a plane. “I can confirm that the two members of our crew who were shown in compromising positions in photos recently published in Chinese-language newspapers are no longer employees of the company,” Cathay Chief Executive John Slosar said in a statement late Friday. “I know that many people have been concerned about the damage this incident has done to the reputation of our cockpit and cabin crews.” It was unclear whether the pair were fired or voluntarily resigned, as the airline said it would not disclose details. The airline also declined to say whether the incident occurred in the cockpit of the plane, but said the investigation found no evidence to suggest the act occurred during any of its flights. Cathay said the results of the investigation would be forwarded to the city’s aviation authorities. “I believe that any conduct that recklessly tarnishes the reputation of our company or our team members is completely unacceptable,” Slosar added. The photos prompted action by Hong Kong’s flag carrier after they were circulated on an online forum for pilots and later attracted the attention of local media. The unidentified man in the photo, who was said to be a pilot but was not wearing a Cathay pilot’s uniform, reportedly told a local newspaper that the photos were stolen from his personal computer. Cathay Pacific employs 13,000 people worldwide, including more than 8,000 cabin crew and 4,000 airport staff, according to its website.