Flight attendants often ask premium cabin passengers whether they want to be woken for breakfast or not. To me it depends on the length of the flight, what I’m doing once I hit the ground, and candidly the quality of the breakfast. I’ve also been on airlines where you’re supposed to leave out a card indicating one way or another, that way flight attendants consult the card rather than remembering if you want to be woken.
On a British Airways flight in business class I’m not super inclined, even in first class I’ve never been impressed by their breakfasts. However on a nearly 12 hour flight it’s unlikely I’ll be sleeping. The best service is going to make it possible to eat something very close to arrival, and I’ll probably be woken by breakfast service going on around me in any case.
Some people are really grumpy when they’re woken for breakfast at the end of a long flight. And some people are racist.
A “boozy” IT consultant “racially abused” a British Airways flight attendant on a London Heathrow – Rio de Janeiro flight last year and has been fined $7371 split between court costs, penalty, and $614 compensation to a flight attendant.
The man was perturbed over being woken for his breakfast order in business class and “went off on a racist rant.”
You Asians think you are better than us, I don’t want to be served by you lot. I’ve paid your wages for the last 20 years.
The man continued, demanding “services in the future only from the white member of the crew.” The crewmember was ‘reduced to tears’ according to court testimony.
He no longer works for the GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceutical company.
His attorney mounted the following defense:
- The passenger was tired
- He wasn’t being racist, just insisting on being served by a different flight attendant
- There’s no proof he was actually drunk
- His family is the real victim here, the man’s wife “suffered from stress due to the allegation” and he lost his job. They’re not even welcome at their kids’ school anymore. The man and his wife are New Zealanders and even considered moving back there.
Maybe this isn’t the strangest part of the story, but it strikes me that the racist would demand that minorities serve him, not that they not be allowed to perform in servile roles.