Kunming Airlines, a subsidiary of Air China Group, has claimed that it was unaware of reported bullying of its newly hired flight attendants by some staff in a bizarre initiation ritual.
In a statement, the airline said incidents of rookie flight attendants being stuffed into overhead luggage lockers, if any, were individual acts on the part of some staff and that the carrier had no knowledge of such practice.
The company has never received any complaints from cabin crew, it said.
However, it said that it takes the reports seriously and that it will launch an internal investigation to curb any abusive behavior, am730 reported.
The statement came after netizens began circulating on social media pictures that show stewardesses lying in overhead luggage lockers in aircraft cabins.
Reports suggested that new flight attendants were made to undergo the ritual as a sort of initiation ceremony after completing 30 to 50 hours of service.
According to some accounts, it was the security guards of the carrier that were bullying the flight attendants.
The bizarre rituals were said to have taken place during off-duty hours when the aircraft were parked on the ground and there were no passengers.
Some netizens alleged that the strange practice of making the stewardesses lie in overhead cabins has been going on for nearly five years.
On one occasion, a victim was said to have been forced into a locker although she was not in good physical condition and that she nearly had a serious accident.
Some flight attendants were believed to have tried to bring the issue to the management’s attention, but were prevented from doing so by fellow workers.
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