In the airline industry, safety and security has become a top priority and measure and this includes the duties of flight attendants. Just recently, a China Eastern flight attendant was fired from the job after her boyfriend suddenly proposed to her mid-flight. Though it became a joyous moment on board, the incident on the other hand did not sit well with the airline.
A video of the proposal was taken by a fellow passenger which had gone viral over on social media, according to a report from Singapore's Channel 8.
The TV station reported last week that the flight attendant received a dismissal letter from the airline on the grounds of neglecting passenger safety.
China Eastern Airlines said the “private romantic behavior caused turmoil among passengers” and was “extremely irresponsible for the safety of passengers,” Channel 8 reported.
It was also reported that the proposal happened 30 minutes into the flight. According to the news Asia One, the flight attendant said “I really didn’t know my boyfriend will be proposing to me on this flight, thanks for being my witnesses.” Hence, it seems that the passenger's actions were not coordinated with any of the flight crew or the airline.
In the Philippines, any action that can hamper a flight attendant's duties with regards to safety and security is deemed as a criminal offense as stated by RA 9497 chapter XI section 81b article 9.
We highly recommend that any action undertaken during mid-flight have to be coordinated with the flight crew including the captain and the airline as well. Also, we have to recognize that safety and security are top priorities.