British Airways Flight Attendants Go On Drunken Rampage On Flight, Report Says
Drinking yourself into a turbulence-resistant slumber is a ritual of many frequent fliers. But a handful of off-duty British Airways flight attendants apparently partook a little too liberally, reports Britain's The Sun newspaper. The employees purportedly chugged bottles of champagne and wine, and began shouting "like spoiled brats," according to passengers. Some said the attendants also were kissing.
The crew members were en route from London to Washington, D.C., to catch other flights, and decided to take advantage of the complimentary refreshments in the first-class and business-class cabins, The Sun said. They reportedly ran up and down the aisles, falling over, and preventing the airline's paying customers -- some of whom spend up to 7,500 pounds (or $11,000 USD) per seat -- from sleeping.
After complaints, an on-duty employee apparently cut off the flight attendants' drink supply, which they did not accept gracefully.
More and more companies, particularly in the tech and media worlds, are letting employees drink during work hours. Yelp's headquarters has a keg refrigerator, and Twitter has a stash of both beer and wine. (AOL's New York office offers a regular beer break on Thursday afternoons.) But it seems that drinking at the office is best reserved for when customers aren't around, and trying desperately to sleep.
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Claire Gordon has contributed to Slate's DoubleX, the Huffington Post, and the book Prisons: Current Controversies. While an undergraduate at Yale University and a research fellow at Yale graduate school, she spoke on panels at Yale and Cornell, and reported from Cairo, Tokyo, and Berlin.
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