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Flight attendant quits after threatening passenger on Facebook

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A flight attendant for Cathay Pacific airlines has resigned after threatening on Facebook to throw a hot drink on the daughter of the former prime minister of Thailand.

The attendant, whose name has not been revealed (she allegedly goes by Honey Lochanachai on Facebook) left the company after writing that she wanted to throw coffee at Thaksin Shinawatra’s daughter Paetongtarn Shinawatra, the Washington Post reported.

“She also posted a picture of Paetongtarn’s seating number on a Bangkok-to-Hong Kong flight she worked on Nov. 25,” the Post added. “Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific said Monday on its Thailand Facebook page that the posting of a passenger’s personal information was unauthorized and against the airline’s privacy rules.”

Thaksin was prime minister from 2001 to 2006 until he was ousted in a military coup. He was convicted of “of illegally concealing his ownership of a family company and tailoring government policies on mobile phone regulations to benefit his businesses,” in 2010, the New York Times reported.

Thaksin’s sister Yingluck Shinawatra is the current Thai prime minister who denies that her brother has any influence on her leadership despite the countrywide belief that he is “playing a key role as adviser to the new government, though he now lives in exile in Dubai,” the Times added.

The Cathay Pacific airlines flight attendant may have left at the right time. The company’s more than 5,800 airline cabin crew members “threatened industrial action if the carrier doesn’t agree to hold wage talks by 3 pm,” Bloomberg News reported Monday. The flight attendants’ union is seeking a 5 percent salary raise next year.

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