Two flight attendants’ unions are urging American Airlines to investigate a video that reportedly shows women dressed as flight attendants performing a “burlesque”-themed skit at a private event.
The video, which was shared on social media, shows the four women performing a skit taking place aboard an imaginary aircraft, making jokes about airline travel and interacting with a first-class male passenger, Fox News reports.
The women then serenade the man with a rendition of the songs “Big Spender” and “I’m Stone in Love With You” after theorising he may have enough money to take them for dinner.
The skit was described as being a “burlesque-like routine” by Forbes, which also reported that the women seen performing the skit were allegedly four off-duty American Airlines employees based out of Dallas.
“This cannot be happening in today’s environment,” said Lori Bassani, the national president of the US Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), which represents more than 25,000 American Airlines employees.
“We will not tolerate our profession being objectified in a sexist manner,” she added,
demanding more “facts about the company’s involvement” in the event.
American Airlines has since responded to the video, denying any involvement in the “customer-organised concert” and saying it “was not sanctioned by the airline”.
“This was not an American Airlines event,” the airline said in a statement.
“We did not have any say about the content of the event, nor did we preview any of the agenda.
“Additionally, we were particularly upset to see our logo on the screen as the skit was performed.”
The airline added it was “as upset as many of you are” about the video, and that it voiced its “displeasure with the content of the skit” to the group hosting the event.
The Dallas Morning News also spoke with the person who filmed the video that was shared to social media over the weekend, confirming that the event was not organised by the airline.
“This was just a group of friends who happen to share a love of aviation and routinely fly American Airlines, having a good time, nothing more,” said the man, who also removed his video from the web.
Meanwhile, the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), which represents more than 50,000 flight attendants from more than 20 airlines, has released a statement of its own, asking American Airlines to further “denounce a culture of harassment and objectification of flight attendants.”
“We join with our sisters and brothers at APFA in calling on American Airlines to answer questions about how this AA passenger event could have happened and set a new course free of harassment,” the AFA wrote.
The organisation also claimed that American Airlines had not “stepped up” to answer its questions about instituting a “zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment.”
“Sexual harassment isn’t about sex, it’s about power. The timing of this sketch could not be more out of sync with Flight Attendants’ role and importance in our country,” the AFA continued.
“In recent weeks, flight attendants played a key role in defending the safety and security of the passengers in our care.”
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