SWISS Crew In Trouble Over Photoshoot On 777 Wing

by Anthony Losanno
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An airline crew created a stir when they opened the door of a Boeing 777-300ER and took photos of themselves dancing and posing on the wing. The SWISS plane was in Buenos Aires’ Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) before its flight to São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) (which is a cool fifth freedom flight) when the crew decided to conduct an Insta-worthy photoshoot.

Passengers watched from inside the terminal as the crew opened the third door and climbed out onto the wing. The wing is approximately 16 feet off the ground and if they had fallen they would have sustained serious injuries. Photos and videos started appearing online and they eventually made it back to SWISS’ management. This prompted an official video from Martin Knuchel, SWISS’ Head of Cabin Crew. In it, he says:

Hey guys, I’ll be honest. I’m angry and disappointed. What if the passengers no longer trust us when they see this video? This has to stop, there must be no more videos. But to counteract the first rumours, we won’t just fire someone.”

Michael Pelzer, a SWISS spokesperson, also commented:

What looks like fun in the video is life-threatening. The wings of the Boeing 777 are about five meters high. A fall from that height onto the hard surface can be devastating. This behavior will not be tolerated. The behavior of the employees in the video neither corresponds to our security requirements nor does it reflect the high level of professionalism of our employees. In this case, individual crew members failed to act as role models. We cannot approve of this.”

SWISS is apparently going to conduct a further investigation and use this as a teaching moment (rather than terminate the crew). One has to wonder what they were thinking. They had to realize that people could see them from inside the terminal and/or that their social media posts would be discovered.

Anthony’s Take: Thankfully, there were no injuries or other issues with the crew. This was a dumb idea and not worth the risk for a social media post.

(H/T: One Mile at a Time.)

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