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Qatar Airways suspends crew member over Abaya-related tweet

Employee thought to have mocked Gulf women who abandon national dress when travelling to Europe

Qatar Airways suspends crew member over Abaya-related tweet

Qatar’s national carrier has suspended a crew member after he tweeted a picture thought to be culturally offensive.

The picture, which showed the employee holding up two Abayas, was flagged up by a Kuwaiti tweeter with 745,000 followers who said the man was mocking Gulf women who change out of their traditional dress upon travelling to Europe, reported Doha News.

Qatar Airways has since temporarily suspended the crew members and launched an investigation into the case.

“Qatar Airways strongly expresses its respect for all passengers travelling aboard its flights. Therefore, the crew member in question has been suspended pending an investigation into the incident,” the airline tweeted.

The incident comes just weeks after Qatar Airways relaxed a ban that prohibits its crew members from posting pictures of themselves in uniform on social media.

“They are our ambassadors, and they have shown that they are more than capable of handling the responsibility,” a QA official said in August.

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Frankiejo 3 years ago

Did they suspend the Qatar Executive in Mar 2015 when he posted the picture of the drunken flight crew and sent the photo to her colleagues.

Double standard. Poor example by an executive