Economy cabin passengers on yesterdays SriLankan Airlines flight from Colombo to London were deprived of inflight entertainment on the long haul sector, as headsets were not loaded on board for passengers.
Furious passengers who traveled on UL 503 and who were deprived of this basic facility have now demanded compensation of up to 200 Sterling Pounds each. The airline would stand to lose a whopping sum of 53,800 pounds if in the event this is to be honored.
Sources confirmed that the airline was forced to source headsets in London for the return flight, as head sets are usually loaded by SriLankan Catering ex Colombo for both flights.
However it is still to be established if this was an act of sabotage committed by Flight Purser and Union Secretary Dion Jansz who operated the flight to London. The flight was originally scheduled to be operated by Cabin Manager and unelected FAU President Adrian Cramer who swapped his duty with Jansz.
It is reported that Cabin Manager Cramer and his secretary Jansz had categorically refused the posting of Cabin Managers to be based in Paksitan much to the chagrin of all Cabin Managers of SriLankan Airlines which was a pre-requisite requirement of Pakistan International Airlines who had provided a lucrative wet lease opportunity. This has led to SriLankan Airlines having to send Cabin Supervisors and Cabin Service Instructors instead to fulfill this requirement. The wet lease operation commences tomorrow with flights operated from Islamabad and Lahore to London where Pakistan International Airlines has already taken delivery of Sri Lankan Airlines aircraft.
A member of the Flight Attendants Union speaking of condition of anonymity as she is not permitted to speak to the media said “It is very upsetting to know that our passengers were deprived of in flight entertainment on this flight to London. We have to investigate this too to find out if this was done willfully to punish the management by the team that has forcefully taken it upon themselves to represent us as a union. We in fact never voted them in to assume office in the first place. Further there is sexual discrimination and gender bias with regards to the airline’s stance in basing our Flight Attendants in Pakistan during this wet lease phase. Whilst Pakistan International Airlines has not specified that they want only all male crew, SriLankan Airlines is depriving us female Flight Attendants of an equal opportunity by not rostering us to be based in Pakistan along with our male colleagues.”
Members of the Flight Attendants Union (FAU) commenced a signature campaign yesterday to oust their current un-elected group of FAU Executive Committee Members headed by Flight Purser Adrian Cramer. It is reported that over 150 members have signed a ‘no confidence’ letter so far which is currently ongoing in their Katunayake office. Members of the FAU are seeking to obtain sufficient signatures to oust Cramer and his team.