In a drama that may rival Zimbabwe and South Africa coming to an aviation standstill over the summer after the 52 year old wife of Zimbabwe’s 93 year old strongman leader Robert Mugabe allegedly beat a topless nightclub model with an extension cord after finding the woman with her two sons in a hotel, Argentina is said to have detained Air France flight crew who refused to upgrade the daughter of a politician.
Reportedly the daughter of a former Deputy Minister of Justice (and current magistrate) was onboard October 29th Air France flight AF228 from Paris to Buenos Aires. She asked for an upgrade to business class and the crew (correctly) turned her down. She then claimed her seat opponent behaved inappropriately and asked to change seats, which was accommodated (but still not in business class). The business class cabin is said to have been full, though it’s not clear that should matter in any case (in other words, that the passenger would have otherwise been entitled to an upgrade).
On arrival in Buenos Aires the crew was detained because this woman was unhappy with her treatment onboard.
After landing and following a complaint from the same passenger, part of the crew was forced to go to the airport police station. After staying there for six hours, the crew was released, but at the hotel, an injunction was handed over to the crew to report to the Buenos Aires court the next morning at 8:30.
…The next morning the crew was sent to a courtyard and the purser was separated from the rest of the crew and locked in a 1 m2 room without the possibility to sit nor drink and eat for several hours. Two guards were constantly watching him.
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Flight attendants were released and they returned to France. The flight attendants’ union is seeking redress:
If the details presented are accurate, it’s a great way to follow Venezuela down the path towards elimination of air service and destruction of the economy, not to mention subjugation of the rights of the people.
(HT: One Mile at a Time)