A United Express flight attendant has been accused by a passenger, with photographic evidence, of accepting a bribe in order to “ignore” two first class passengers, who chose not to wear their masks onboard.
One Mask Washes The Other: Flight Attendant Appears To Accept Bribe For Mask
The incident allegedly occurred onboard United Airlines Flight 6063 from Charleston (CHS) to Houston (IAH), a United Express flight operated by Mesa Airlines, a regional subsidiary that operates on behalf of United.
Megan Rose, a passenger posted photographic evidence on Twitter, claiming the flight attendant accepted cash bribes in exchange for not enforcing the federal mask mandate.
While the picture merely provides circumstantial evidence, it does show a flight attendant accepting what appears to be a $20 bill. That’s significant because United is a cashless airline; only contactless payment is accepted for payment for snacks and drinks onboard. Secondly, the passengers were flying in first class, where alcoholic drinks are free. Thus, there is no circumstance, unless she was making change, that cash would exchange hands during a flight.
Two passengers are pictured maskless in row four, the last row of the first class cabin, though both are clutching drinks. That said, the federal mask mandate requires masks to be raised between sips, in order to avoid precisely this scenario. In fact, this instruction is part of the script announced on every United flight, including those flights operated by United Express.
In response to her tweet, United asked for more details and has promised to investigate the incident.
Flight attendants at regional jets are very poorly paid. I can understand that $20 “tips” can make a meaningful difference. But if the flight attendant actually accepted a bribe in order to ignore the maskless passengers, she should be terminated…and will be terminated. The two passengers should also be banned from future United flights until the pandemic is over.
Based upon the pictures and unusual exchange of money, what do you think happened onboard?
(H/T: Paddle Your Own Kanoo)