A Chinese airline based in Kunming, Yunnan province, allegedly requires air hostesses go through “intensive training” that involves stuffing them into overhead cabins.
Kunming Airlines released a statement of apology after pictures of air hostesses compacted into the overhead carry-on compartments surfaced on Chinese messaging platform WeChat.
The incident was supposedly part of a hazing ritual that a majority of the cabin crew took part in. Cabin crew members were believed to have been forced to lie in the overhead compartment after completing 30 to 50 hours of service with the airline. According to South China Morning Post, the ritual has been an ongoing tradition for the past four to five years.
Kunming airline claimed the incidents occurred without their knowledge and that there have been no complaints regarding the issue made by airline employees. The company also stated that they will be launching an investigation into the matter.