The photo of Ryanair crew members shown slumbering on an airport floor in Malaga last month has now been shown to be a fake – something always maintained by the carrier. This image was used to criticize the airline, but it has now been revealed that those involved in the fake photo have been fired.
Last month, a controversial photo that appeared to show six members of Ryanair cabin crew sleeping on the floor of Malaga Airport (AGP) went viral. The crew members in question were left stranded in AGP after their flight to Porto was diverted on October 14th due to poor weather conditions across the Iberian peninsula.
Ryanair exposes fake photo of cabin crew sleeping in crew room. Watch video here: pic.twitter.com/tzTn6EHsKH
— Ryanair (@Ryanair) October 17, 2018
The image itself was used in an attempt to shame Ryanair for not adequately providing for its staff, but the carrier has vehemently maintained that the image itself was staged. Now, the BBC reports that the airline has fired the members of staff seen in the photo for gross misconduct, saying that the image harmed its reputation and “caused an irreparable breach of trust with these six persons”.
When the image first circulated last month, SNPVAC, the labor body which represents these Portugal-based crew members, said that the photo was taken as a kind of dissent against Ryanair’s treatment of its crew.
In response to the photo, the union stated, as quoted by CNN, that, “The stranded crew, in a gesture of protest, took a photo that immediately became viral: Laying on the floor was the only option to rest; their “suitable accommodation”.”
However, Ryanair has said that the staff members spent a short period in the crew room and then were moved onward to a VIP lounge.
Additionally, CNN reports that, “Security footage then released by the budget airline showed the employees getting into position on the floor for the photo. After the photo is taken, the flight crew can be seen getting up and walking away.”