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Aeroflot fires flight attendant over obscene social media post

Feb 06, 2013 8:26 am

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Although this is how many flight attendants likely feel from time to time, it’s best not to capture the emotion, post it to social media, and then hope it doesn’t go viral.

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An air hostess has been sacked after a photo she posted of a staff member giving passengers the finger went viral.

Tatiana Kozlenko, a flight attendant with Russian airline Aeroflot, had put the pictures up on Vkontakte, a Russian social network site similar to Facebook.

The photo garnered dozens of likes within hours of being posted.

From Vkontakte, the photo was posted to Twitter, where it was re-tweeted by hundreds of people.

Unfortunately for Ms Kozlenko, Aeroflot bosses quickly came across the photo and called her in for a meeting.

Fittingly, Aeroflot chose to announce her sacking on their Twitter account, saying: “Posting this photo shows Tatiana’s attitude towards passengers and her duties. She acknowledged her fault when she spoke to her managers.”

Ms Kozlenko, however, denied that she had done anything wrong and insisted the offending hand was not hers.

Posting again on her Vkontakte account, she said: “I don’t consider myself guilty! The photo was added to my page, I only tagged myself on it!!!

“The hand isn’t mine, the plane is not my company’s!!! I don’t understand what they spoil my life for!!!”

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