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MCO Bag Handlers Featured in Viral Video Are Fired for Abusing Luggage

Candid video of ramp workers in Orlando treating passenger belongings “like they were rubbish bags” has passengers up in arms and has resulted in the firing of three airport employees. When a passenger on a departing Virgin Atlantic flight at Orlando International Airport (MCO) saw baggage handlers lifting bags above their heads and slamming the…

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Candid video of ramp workers in Orlando treating passenger belongings “like they were rubbish bags” has passengers up in arms and has resulted in the firing of three airport employees.

When a passenger on a departing Virgin Atlantic flight at Orlando International Airport (MCO) saw baggage handlers lifting bags above their heads and slamming the luggage onto a conveyor belt, he decided to document the bizarre behavior for posterity. Now, his video has been viewed thousands of times and the three airport workers featured in the footage have lost their jobs.

“I saw it out of the window and I couldn’t believe it. It was ridiculous,” 19-year-old Matthew Campbell told The Daily News. “I had to film it for evidence. I’m not sure why they were behaving that way. Maybe, it’s because they work long hours and were tired, but either way it shouldn’t be allowed to happen. I think Richard Branson would be disgusted if he knew the way the luggage on his flights are being treated.”

Although Richard Branson has not weighed in on the matter and it’s not clear from the video whether the airport workers were in fact unloading bags from a Virgin Atlantic flight, both the airport and the air lines were quick to condemn the now-fired employee’s actions.

“We’re aware of a video showing some ground staff at Orlando Airport handling baggage without the due care and attention that we would expect,” Virgin Airlines said in a statement. “We are disappointed to see the footage, and are investigating to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”

Campbell says he posted footage online following his July 27 transatlantic flight back home to the UK. By Thursday, the workers identified from the viral video were already looking for new jobs.

“Providing safe, secure and excellent customer service is our mission at Orlando International Airport,” MCO officials announced in a statement. “The incident viewed is not an example of the level of service we strive for. The employees involved have been removed from working at the airport.”

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Emirates Announces Firing Employees Amid the Pandemic

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Emirates Airline, the last holdout among the Gulf region‘s three major East-West carriers in retaining its workforce announced on May 31, 2020, that it had fired an undisclosed number of employees, due to the near-shutdown of global air travel amid COVID-19.

The other two—Abu Dhabi’s Etihad and Doha-based Qatar Airways—had already scaled back in terms of staffing as the virus spread, virtually eliminating passenger demand and causing international borders to slam shut.

While Emirates has been applauded during the pandemic for continuing to run repatriation flights around the globe, as well as delivering cargo and critical supplies, it has been dramatically affected by the halting of international passenger travel, just like the rest of the world’s airlines.

In a statement, the company said, “We have endeavored to sustain the current family as is…but have come to the conclusion that we, unfortunately, have to say goodbye to a few of the wonderful people that worked with us.”

Without revealing any particulars of the mass firing, Emirates assured that those being axed from its workforce would be treated, “with fairness and respect.”

ABC News reported that to try and balance some of the immense losses the airline continues to suffer, Dubai’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, injected an undisclosed amount of equity into its operations back in March.

Although the flag carrier, owned by a Dubai sovereign wealth fund, had already reduced its staff members’ pay during the course of the global health crisis.

Meanwhile, Emirates’ home base, Dubai International Airport—typically the world’s busiest in terms of international passenger traffic—has also been running only a fraction of its normal operations.

Dubai, which has positioned itself as a critical hub for the free movement of people, goods and capital from around the globe (all of which the pandemic has disrupted), now depends heavily upon a resumption of activity at its airport.

For more information, visit emirates.com.

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