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Posted by portugalpress on November 08, 2018

It may have been fun at the time, but six Porto cabin crew staff for Ryanair are now possibly rueing the night they decided to show their employer up for leaving them high and dry during ‘Hurricane’ Leslie.

The six got their moments of fame last month, after their Porto-bound flight was diverted to Malaga during high winds.

Due to the numbers of airline passengers stranded for the same reason, and a Spanish national holiday, Ryanair could not book them into any of the local hotels.

The staff were ‘put up’ in a staff room for flight personnel, and later transferred to a VIP lounge. But they had nowhere to sleep comfortably, and this was the reason behind staging the shot that then ‘went viral’ over social media.

The message under the caption was that “Ryanair is earning €1.25 billion this year but will not put stranded crews in a hotel for the night”.

Portuguese union SNPVAC - perennially locked in battle with the low-cost airline - stressed that “minimum rest facilities” had not been provided, and that the staff “had no other choice, as the photo illustrates, than to attempt to rest on the room’s floor”.

But CCTV can be a killer - and in this case, footage of how the crew clearly decided to stage this photo leaked out.

On Monday, all six were fired. The official reason given being “gross misconduct” which in Ryanair’s opinion prejudiced the company’s reputation and caused “an irreparable break in confidence in these six people”.

The sacked workers’ union has retorted that the photograph was “simply a manifestation of the right to indignation” and that Ryanair’s reaction was “awful”.

SNPVAC’s legal team is now “dealing with the matter”, said union boss Luciana Passo.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com

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