Kenya Airways suspended an employee who filmed and shared a video of screening passengers on a China Southern flight.
China Sothern flight CZ6043 from Changsha, China with 239 passengers landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on 26 Feb 2020.
Passengers were not allowed to disembark the aircraft for more than an hour as medical officials at the airport refused to screen passengers for Coronavirus.
Senior government officials were forced to intervene to resolve the issue, and all 239 passengers were screened on board, cleared and advised to self-quarantine for the next 14 days.
Kenya Airways employee, Gire Ali, filmed the incident and shared it on social media, which went viral.
The very next day, he was suspended for his actions, as company believed that he was “exposing poor handling and management of passengers..”
The suspension letter reads; “Following a report of video recording of China Southern Airline aircraft at JKIA and circulation of the video clip widely on social media on 26 February 2020, and your alleged involvement in the matter, it has been decided that you be suspended from duty with effect from 27 February 2020 in accordance with provision of clause 16.5 of the Company Hit Policy Manual”