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Airline Director Fired Over Fat-Shaming Cabin Crew

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An executive with LOT Polish Airlines was fired this week after making some questionable and disparaging comments about the cabin crew on her British Airways flight.

Katarzyna Richter, Operations Director for LOT Polish Airlines Cabin Crew, reportedly was terminated after making the comments in a Facebook post. Richter was also believed to have taken pictures of her colleagues.

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airlines-boss-katarzyna-richter-sacked-fat-shaming-british-airways-cabin-crew-091807169.html” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>Translated into English, screen grabs of the post read: “Today, my attention was drawn to grooming and appearance of British Airways cabin crew members, unpolished shoes, holes in tights, too tight uniform, double chin, rotten and uneven teeth, messy hairstyle.”

The post shocked BA employees, who told The Sun newspaper that Richter was “a disgrace” and “must be sacked (fired) for fat-shaming BA crew.”

In a statement to the newspaper, British Airways defended its staff.

“We are proud of our cabin crew and the exceptional service they deliver to our customers every day,” an airline spokeswoman said.

LOT Polish Airlines released a statement saying Richter “crossed the ethical legal boundaries.”

Richter removed the post and issued an apology.

“I would like to apologise very much to the British Airways crew and to everyone affected by I regret my behaviour – I should not judge the competence and appearance of employees of another line I’m sorry again,” she wrote.

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United Puts Financial Losses Into Shocking Perspective

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With the demand for travel at an all-time low thanks to stay-at-home directives and severe travel restrictions, United Airlines on Thursday put the industry’s financial losses into a stark perspective.

According to the aviation blog The Points Guy, which had privy to view a virtual town hall held by the carrier, United is losing “over $100 million a day” due to the impact of the coronavirus global pandemic, United president Scott Kirby said.

Kirby conducted the town hall along with current CEO Oscar Munoz, who is stepping down in favor of Kirby later this year.

As The Points Guy pointed out, United cut almost 70 percent of its schedule in April with further cuts likely for May—as all airlines have. In fact, predictions going forward are dire. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said they expect airlines to lose a collective $61 billion in the second quarter of this year (April, May and June).

United said it will pursue some of the $25 billion in grants available for employee compensation from the U.S. government stimulus package, as well as consider whether to apply for some of the $25 billion in loans. But this is all uncharted territory for the industry, even after the financial devastation from the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

“One of the lessons from this is, our stress test from 9/11 wasn’t stressful enough,” Kirby said in reference to United’s preparations and need for cash to keep operating.

United has not decided whether to permanently retire any jets as a result of the coronavirus, according to The Points Guy.

“If we want to emerge stronger, if we want to emerge the world’s leading airline on the other side of this, we have to have flexibility,” he said.

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