Star Alliance member EVA Air has a much underrated frequent flyer program and one of the best business class products in the world.
However the world focused on the treatment of the airline’s flight attendants after a truly shocking passenger incident this year that was so bad it spurred flight attendant activism including demands that the airline hire male cabin crew. In June and July the airline’s flight attendants went on strike for 17 days, and over 2000 flights were cancelled.
The unprecedented strike engendered so much animosity that there are reports of returning flight attendants threatening not to properly close cabin doors, to spike passenger and pilot meals, and to go after flight attendants who crossed the picket line.
The head of the flight attendant union reportedly “threatened to “add something” to flight crew meals for anyone who crossed the picket line and helped break the strike” and has since been recommended for termination.
These threats have been taken seriously, though, by the FAA. The US regulator has asked for an explanation of the food poisoning threat, and Taiwan’s civil aviation regulator has instructed the airline to provide an official response “so that its flights to the US can operate normally.”
Furthermore, Taiwan’s aviation safety regulator has indicated that if the since-dismissed flight attendant isn’t prosecuted for her remarks, that they will investigate whether she :infringed civil aviation regulations.”
For her part she says she was joking. It seems Airplane! doesn’t translate well to Taiwan, because aficionados here in the States know not to eat the fish and not to wave at your friend Jack as you pass through security screening.