OPINION: EVA Air’s Recent Scandals Are Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Taiwanese airlines have a long and sordid history of sexism and mistreatment of employees.

The News Lens
Date: 2019/02/04
By: Brian Hioe, 破土 New Bloom

EVA Air’s treatment of its flight attendants has been under scrutiny after several incidents in the past month. The first incident, which was widely reported on internationally, involved a flight attendant being made to wipe the buttocks of a Caucasian male passenger. The second incident involved a flight attendant who was aggressively questioned by management for over three hours over allegations that she acted in a pornographic video posted on the Internet.

With regards to the first incident, EVA Air has come under fire for allowing the passenger onto the flight, to begin with. This took place despite that the man had a past record of sexual harassment of female flight attendants, including incidents of defecating in his seat, making flight attendants clean his urine, and spilling a drink on himself and making flight attendants clean it up.

the incident involving the male passenger.
As such, though not widely reported on or discussed in such a lens in Taiwanese media, the incident has been criticized as an incidence of sexism and racism against the flight attendant. Criticisms, too, have followed against EVA for its poor treatment of its employees. EVA has been unresponsive to attempts to raise issues with their handling of the incident, however.

Namely, despite that the man was on a no-fly list, the man was still allowed onto the flight, reportedly because there was no space in his name on the no-fly list. That a simple typo led to the man being allowed onto flights is something which raises a number of questions about the flight-screening system for airlines in Taiwan.    [FULL  STORY]

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