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Airline forced to pay for psychotherapy for plus-sized model

Airline forced to pay for psychotherapy for plus-sized model

A Brazilian court has ordered Qatar Airways to pay for therapy for a plus-size model who claims she was informed she was “too large” to board her aircraft.

Influencer Juliana Nehme, 38, accused the airline of refusing to allow her board her flight from Beirut to Doha on Tuesday, November 22nd, due to her weight. She asserted that Qatar staff would not permit her to board the aircraft with her purchasing an additional business class ticket for $3,000 (£2,480), on top of the $1,000 (£830) ticket she had already bought.

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Nehme recorded the staff members she said would not allow her board and released the video of the incident on social media at the time. I was severely humiliated in front of everyone at the airport, it said in the message. purely due to my FAT! It is shameful for a company like Qatar to permit this kind of discrimination against people. Even though I’m FAT But I’m JUST LIKE EVERYONE!

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“It’s not right that after I pay for my ticket, I’m HUMILIATED, THREATENED, and DENIED  FROM FLYING!” At the time, Qatar Airways stated that Ms. Nehme was denied boarding owing to her “very rude and aggressive” behaviour toward airline personnel and the fact that one member of her group did not have the proper Covid-19 documentation.

But after a court proceeding in Sao Paulo on the incident, Qatar Airways was ordered to pay Ms. Nehme’s psychological care, Daily Mail has reported. On December 20, Judge Renata Martins de Carvalho issued a decision requiring the airline to cover “a weekly treatment session for a period of at least one year, totaling BRL 19,200 (£3,000).”

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She asserted throughout the hearing that providing Ms. Nehme with urgent relief “is a reasonable and proportionate remedy to guarantee that the stressful and traumatic experience is overcome.” According to her lawyer, the decision constituted a “milestone in the struggle against prejudice.”

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“It was like I wasn’t a human being to them,” Ms. Nehme remarked in reference to the incident. I was a fat monster who couldn’t join the group. Utterly horrible. Never in my life had I ever anticipated going through this.

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Virgin Atlantic Sued Over Alleged Age Discrimination: Cabin Crew Seek Justice

Virgin Atlantic Sued Over Alleged Age Discrimination: Cabin Crew Seek Justice

Virgin Atlantic finds itself embroiled in legal proceedings as over 200 former cabin crew members launch a lawsuit against the airline, alleging discriminatory practices during the period of the pandemic.

The dispute centers on accusations that the company unfairly targeted older employees for dismissal while retaining newer, less costly hires.

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The pandemic’s onset in March 2020 triggered a cascade of challenges for the aviation industry, leading Virgin Atlantic to ground a significant portion of its fleet. In response, the airline swiftly implemented cost-cutting measures, including the reduction of its workforce by over 40%, amounting to the loss of 3,000 jobs.

Additionally, it established a “holding pool” for potentially rehiring redundant staff once normal operations resumed. However, the crux of the legal battle lies in the claim that Virgin Atlantic retained approximately 350 new cabin crew members, some with minimal training periods as short as a week.

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While simultaneously letting go of experienced onboard managers, many of whom boasted an average age of 45 years and two decades of service. This perceived discrepancy forms the backbone of the lawsuit, with former employees contending that age became a determining factor in the airline’s decision-making process.

In response, a Virgin Atlantic representative stated: “Virgin Atlantic had to make very difficult decisions following the severe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the aviation industry.” Regretfully, this meant a 45% reduction in the total number of employees within the company.

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End of an Era: Qantas Retires Final Boeing 767 Freighter

End of an Era: Qantas Retires Final Boeing 767 Freighter

Qantas has officially bid farewell to its last Boeing 767 aircraft, marking the end of an era that began nearly four decades ago.

The final 767, a dedicated freighter variant registered as VH-EFR, operated its last flight on May 17, 2024. This concluding journey took it from Hong Kong (HKG) to Sydney (SYD) under the flight number QF7526, closing the chapter on Qantas’s use of the 767 after 39 years.

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The Australian airline commemorated the occasion with an Instagram post on Friday, announcing the retirement of VH-EFR, their last remaining 767. According to Cirium Ascend Fleet Analyzer data, this aircraft is a little over 18 years old. It joined the Qantas fleet in 2011, having previously served Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) as a cargo plane.

Despite being owned by Qantas, the aircraft was operated by Express Freighters Australia under the Qantas Freight brand.

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The Boeing 767 has had a versatile history with Qantas. Initially, the aircraft was used on international routes, flying to destinations in New Zealand, Asia, and North America. Following the 1992 merger with Australian Airlines, the 767s were increasingly deployed for domestic services as well.

Although Qantas is retiring this specific freighter, the Boeing 767-300 freighter model remains active globally. Records indicate that 280 of these aircraft are still operational, serving 14 airlines around the world.

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United Flight Diverts to Shannon, After Stuck Laptop in Business Class Seat

United Flight Diverts to Shannon, After Stuck Laptop in Business Class Seat

A United Airlines flight from Zurich to Chicago O’Hare was forced to make an emergency diversion to Shannon, Ireland.

On Saturday afternoon after a passenger got their laptop wedged in a Business Class seat aboard the Boeing 767-300. Operating as United Flight 12, the aircraft departed from Flughafen Zürich at 9:46 a.m. local time and took off at 10:08 a.m.

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The captain decided to divert the flight not because the passenger couldn’t access their laptop, but because any device powered by lithium-ion batteries that becomes inaccessible could pose a significant safety risk.

Such devices, if damaged or overheated, could lead to a thermal runaway event, potentially causing a fire on board. The Boeing 767-300, featuring United’s relatively new Polaris business-class cabin, landed safely at Shannon Airport in County Clare at 1:43 p.m. IST (Irish Summer Time) and reached the gate at 1:51 p.m.

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In a statement, United Airlines acknowledged the diversion: “United flight 12 scheduled from Zurich to Chicago landed safely in Shannon to address a potential safety risk caused by a laptop being stuck in an inaccessible location.” This situation led to the cancellation of the flight, and the airline is working to reroute the 157 passengers who found themselves unexpectedly in Ireland.

Frequent flyers are often reminded in airline safety videos not to move their seats if they lose mobile phones or other gadgets powered by lithium-ion batteries within the seats. Attempting to retrieve such items by moving the seat can damage the battery and potentially cause a dangerous situation.

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