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Flight attendant out of job after Facebook remark

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:38 a.m. HST, Dec 04, 2012

BANGKOK » A Cathay Pacific flight attendant is out of a job after writing on her Facebook page that she wanted to throw coffee in a passenger's face because she happened to be the daughter of someone she dislikes intensely: ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

The flight attendant caused a stir in the Thai online communities last week for posting hostile comments about Thaksin's youngest daughter, Paetongtarn Shinawatra. She also posted a picture of Paetongtarn's seating number on a Bangkok-to-Hong Kong flight she worked on Nov. 25.

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific said Monday on its Thailand Facebook page that the posting of a passenger's personal information was unauthorized and against the airline's privacy rules. It said, without elaborating, that the flight attendant is "no longer an employee."

The flight attendant said in her post that she called her personal adviser to ask "if it was all right to throw something on (Paetongtarn) on this flight."

"Paetongtarn, I didn't throw coffee in her face today but she had no clue that I will keep on fighting until your clan can no longer live like fleas on the Thai soil," she wrote.

Cathay Pacific did not release the name of the flight attendant, whose Facebook handle is Honey Lochanachai. The flight attendant said Monday on Facebook that she resigned in order to take responsibility.

A message seeking comment from the Shinawatra family was not immediately returned today.

Thaksin, a divisive figure in Thai politics, was ousted in a 2006 coup and lives in self-imposed exile following a 2008 corruption conviction.

His sister Yingluck has been prime minister since last year, and her opponents say she is Thaksin's proxy. She recently survived a no-confidence vote in parliament and protests organized by Thaksin's opponents.

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ejkorvette wrote:
Can't say I would blame the flight attendant, if only for a brief bit of satisfaction. However, the longer lasting satisfaction would be to clean up the politics in Thailand, get rid of the blatant corruption, theivery, nepotism, cronyism, graft, etc. On second thought looking how impossible that is, throwing coffee in the face although not nice, it's easier than trying to change government.
on December 4,2012 | 04:05AM
peanutgallery wrote:
Thankfully, there are still places where a boss can fire a disgruntled employee, just because. We should have more of that right here. All you progressive loons out there take note: your political shinanigans will no longer be tolerated. We're going to fire your arses for being nasty.
on December 4,2012 | 12:33PM
onevoice82 wrote:
Don't mess around or even joke about anything that has to do with flying, especially if you are an employee, period, end of story!
on December 4,2012 | 04:43AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
I can't understand why people post comments on social media where it can be seen and read by all. Dumb and dumber..........by the minute.
on December 4,2012 | 06:15AM
olos73 wrote:
Agree. People never learn.
on December 4,2012 | 06:56AM
SteveToo wrote:
and I bet she not even blonde. LOL
on December 4,2012 | 07:49AM
kainalu wrote:
Especially those that air their dirty laundry - a personal spat now posted for the world to see.
on December 4,2012 | 08:14AM
daniwitz13 wrote:
Because there is such a thing as Free Speech and a Freedom to do. The Crime here is putting any value to postings on an untruthful Facebook. This is like believing everything from a liars Club. The posting of her seat is a bogus call, because it is NOT an exclusive seat. The flight is over, the seat number means nothing. If you think that it is Stupid to write on Facebook, it is equally Stupid to BELIEVE what you read on Facebook is true. Pity.
on December 4,2012 | 09:38AM
sak wrote:
Like a Bullet, you can't put back into the gun once shot. Words have a similar effect once spoken.
on December 4,2012 | 06:42AM
nuuanusam wrote:
Did God tell you that you can say anything on Facebook?
on December 4,2012 | 08:42AM
kispest wrote:
When will people learn not to use social networks? IT IS STUPID!
on December 4,2012 | 10:33AM
onevoice82 wrote:
This "IS" a social network!!!! Or was that the point you are making?
on December 4,2012 | 06:33PM
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