Back in January there was a ‘bad passenger’ story so terrible and disgusting that it reverberated on both sides of the Pacific.
A man insisted that EVA Air flight attendants provide assistance to him in the bathroom — assistance he may not have needed, but apparently enjoyed. I won’t repeat the excruciating details, if you want to refresh your memory you can check out the story yourself.
After this incident the flight attendants union demanded,
- The airline ban the passenger
- The flight attendants traumatized by the incident be allowed time off
- The carrier hire male flight attendants [though it’s not clear to me what they’d have done in this situation]
Unfortunately much of the Taiwanese coverage of this incident focused on the man’s age and weight for why the incident was disgusting — rather than the specifics of what happened.
(Credit:Taiwan English News)
There was some discussion not long after the incident that the man might have purchased another ticket on EVA Air in spite of the ban. Regardless he was likely to need to fly home from Thailand to the U.S.
Cheng Zhaojun, the chief of the EVA Air Insurance Office, said that EVA Air is in the process. When the passenger was informed that he would refuse to carry him in the future, he learned that the passenger had died of illness in Su Mei Island in early March, and the company subsequently carried out subsequent refunds with his family
The flight attendants involved in the incident did receive their requested leave, by the way.