The following article, Aeroflot to rehire flight attendant fired over obscene gesture, by A. Pawlowski, originally appeared on NBCNews.com
Veteran flight attendant Heather Poole said 99 percent of flight attendants know better than to post such a photograph on their social media accounts. It damages the reputation of the airline, regardless of whether or not the finger belongs to the flight attendant or a coworker, she added.
“Airlines are very strict about their image. It’s why most of us don’t post photographs of ourselves in uniform on our own personal Facebook pages,” said Poole, author of “Cruising Attitude: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama, and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 feet.”
“One false move and we’re gone. Buh-bye. Adios. Sayonara. No one is willing to give up their flight privileges for a few laughs.”
Poole, who has more than 86,000 followers on Twitter and maintains a blog, never names the airline she works for on those sites. She assumes her employer is watching everything she posts.
The gesture in the photo that got Kozlenko fired may be crude, but the sentiment is likely shared — silently — by many flight attendants frustrated by crowded planes, cranky passengers and smaller crews handling the same big workloads.