EVA crew backed in toilet furor

RIGHT TO REFUSE? A flight attendant says EVA Airways was at first indifferent to her plight of being asked to wipe the behind of a physically challenged male passenger

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 22, 2019
By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

The Taoyuan Flight Attendants’ Union yesterday asked EVA Airways Corp to take

A flight attendant, front center, at a news conference organized by the Taoyuan Flight Attendants Union yesterday, recounts how she was asked to wipe the behind of a male passenger during a flight from Los Angeles to Taipei.  Photo: Peter Lo, Taipei Times

action against a male passenger who, after using the toilet during a flight from Los Angeles to Taipei on Saturday, asked a flight attendant to remove his underpants and wipe his behind.

The flight attendant, surnamed Kuo (郭), who posted her story and photographs from the flight on Facebook, which were later reported by local media, spoke in detail about the experience at a news conference held by the union yesterday afternoon.

The passenger, who was the last passenger to board and was in a wheelchair, was about four times as big as Kuo, she said.

About two-and-a-half hours after takeoff, the passenger requested to use the business-class lavatory, as the one in economy was not large enough, she said, adding that he asked the flight attendants to lift him onto the toilet, citing a hand injury.

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