Thursday, July 07, 2011

Flight attendant and cocktail lounge waitress

Although flight attendant is a job that has long been overly romanticized in Taiwan, a great number of college graduated females are still very much craving for being the ones in airline’s designer uniforms and serving passengers thirty thousand feet in the air. However, the ambition of young females not only create the booming of related industries like "bushibans" specialized in helping them achieve their dream, but opportunities for some to content their own physical desires.

Chief consultant of Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) Yen Chih-hsing was accused by several flight attendant trainees of sexual harassment by taking advantage of his position. Yen was allegedly said to ask trainees to date or dine with him to ensure their success in training becoming formal flight attendants. Yen claimed innocence yesterday and hired a lawyer to defend his name after he had tendered his resignation for his job, reported the local media today.

FAT spokesman Yang Tien-yo said to the press that an internal investigation was being conducted. He pointed out that the selection of flight attendants was made by an independent committee which Yen along was not possible to swing its decision. He further indicated that one of Yen's accusers was suspected of working at a cocktail lounge before joining FAT and the accusation was made because she was afraid of being dismissed out of the training program.

Local cocktail lounges, known locally also as bars, piano bars, or night clubs etc., have long been said to offer "extra" service other than pouring wine and serving food for any customers willing to pay more. And the "extra" services they offer were known to often contain erotic innuendo. According to our law, prostitution is a crime punishable by monetary fine or jail term, but one is still innocent until proved guilty. So, what crime does a person commit for serving drinks in the cocktail lounges registered and licensed by Taipei City Government?

I found it difficult to accept Yang's logic. Was he implying that a trainee's experience of working as a waitress at those cocktail lounges serving customers beverages and foods on the ground might disqualify her possibility to work as a flight attendant serving passengers drinks and meals on board a commercial airliner high in the sky? Yang's words signified nothing but discrimination against cocktail lounge waitresses.

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