Female cabin crew forced into overhead bins

Photos of bizarre ritual involving luggage compartments
A bizarre ritual involving female cabin crew having to lie in overhead luggage compartments on a Chinese airline has sparked outrage. The overhead bins are closed with the terrified attendants inside them and smiling male colleagues pose for photos beside them.
Images of the ritual were uploaded on the popular chat app WeChat and described by online users as bullying.
The post said that the cabin crew, who worked for Kunming Airlines, were “forced into lockers by security staff upon completing 30 to 50 hours of service” as part of an “industry ritual”. Kunming Airlines says it is investigating the matter.
China’s civil aviation authority has a strict height-to-weight ratio. The suggestion seems to be that if a woman doesn’t fit into the compartment with ease, she shouldn’t be allowed to fly.
Kunming Airlines insists that the incident occurred after the crew had completed their duties. It said it had never received complaints from its cabin crew.
According to the official Facebook page of Chinese state broadcaster CCTV News, although many of the female cabin crew members are “annoyed” by the ritual, they still go through it in fear of not being accepted by their senior colleagues.
“Multiple stewardesses have also consistently filed complaints to the company but their requests were ignored and the ritual continued,” the Facebook post said.
TTG Digital


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