A Cebu Pacific Air flight attendant named Madel Ty said that a passenger slapped her face over the latter’s luggage bag. She did not mention the name and gender of the passenger on her lengthy Facebook post, and when the incident happened. Nevertheless, she posted photos of her face marked red, apparently caused by the slap of the passenger.
According to Madel Ty, she was not really the one directly involved in the incident but she involved herself because she is the lead cabin crew of the flight. And although she did not provide exact details, she reminded everyone that the main task of flight attendants is to make sure that the passengers are safe, and not to lift their luggage bags into the overhead bin.
The Cebu Pacific Air flight attendant said that what really disappointed her was when the passenger told them that their job is to assist passengers like bus conductors do. She noted that she just let the passenger said some hurting words to them, and that she kept her patience and even apologized despite all the insults they received from the passenger.
Madel Ty noted that she decide to reveal the incident in social media so that other people would realize to fight for their right. On the last part, the disgruntled Cebu Pacific Air flight attendant said that there were other people who witnessed the entire incident, and that she will file a case against the passenger. She eventually deactivated her Facebook page.
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As of posting, Cebu Pacific Air has not yet issued their official statement on this case. Meanwhile, we would like to remind everyone that it is a criminal offense to intimidate or assault fight attendants, and is punishable by law. Chapter XI, Sec. 81, Clause 9 of Republic Act 9497 (or the Civil Aviation Authority Act of 2008) clearly states that:
“Any person who, while on board an aircraft, interferes with a crew member’s or flight attendant’s performance of their duties, assaults, intimidates, or threatens any crew member or flight attendant, shall be subjected to imprisonment from one (1) year to three (3) years or a fine of not less than Fifty thousand pesos (Php50,000.00) but not exceeding Five hundred thousand pesos (Php500,000.00), or both, as determined by the court.”
Updated, Monday, August 1, 2016, 8 am:
In a post at Flyhigh Manila Facebook page a few hours ago, the passenger who allegedly slapped Cebu Pacific Air flight attendant, Madel Ty was identified as a certain Ma Vicenta C. Tello. However, there are still no further details about the incident. We will continue updating this post once information becomes available.