Qantas pilot investigated after frolicking with female passenger in first-class
A Qantas pilot faces the prospect of losing his job after getting frisky with a first-class section female passenger on a long-haul flight between London and Sydney.
The Qantas pilot was off-duty pilot and he was not wearing uniform, but he stunned passengers in the first-class section of the flight to Australia with his amorous antics.
Pilot’s behaviour in the luxury premium seats, which have privacy walls and recline into beds, included sitting on the woman’s lap, it was reported.
The fellow passengers became so annoyed by the display that flight crews twice had to reprimand the unidentified pilot during the flight and he subsequently moved to economy, according to the Herald Sun.
However, when the woman got off the plane in Singapore, the pilot went back into the first-class cabin until the plane arrived in Sydney.
It is unclear whether the pilot had been drinking or whether he even knew the woman prior to boarding the flight.
Qantas has confirmed the company is investigating the incident, which could threaten the pilot’s $235,000-a-year job.
A Qantas spokeswoman told the Herald Sun: “Qantas is aware of an incident involving a travelling crew member on board QF32.
“The matter is being investigated internally in line with Qantas policy.
“Interaction of that nature is something that wouldn’t be sanctioned.”
The Qantas pilot has been offered assistance from the Australian and International Pilots’ Association.
Captain Richard Woodward, the association’s vice-president, said he was aware of the incident.