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Air China suspends flight attendant over personal data breach involving 20 celebrities

An Air China flight attendant accused of publishing private data on social media in regards to the celebrities he served within the air has been suspended, the corporate stated on Jan 3.

The airline launched an investigation after aviation business blogger Chao Cewei blew the whistle on a put up made on Weibo – China’s Twitter-like platform – in July by the worker, who used the net identify Ruo Chen.

In his put up on Jan 3, Chao stated that Ruo had printed data on about 20 celebrities on Weibo, together with particulars of their flight information, membership card standing, nationality and date of start.

“On the passenger’s flight file playing cards are purple characters saying that ‘Passengers’ private data is forbidden to be circulated exterior [the company]’. However he nonetheless launched it and did so repeatedly,” Chao stated.

Considered one of Ruo’s posts confirmed him wearing his flight attendant uniform and standing on a aircraft beside actor Jin Dong, he stated.

The flight attendant is accused of publishing information about 20 celebrities. Photo: Weibo

Among the many different celebrities talked about in Ruo’s posts have been actors Jing Boran, Bao Beier and Deng Lun, actresses Ni Ni and Jiang Yingrong, singers Zhang Jie, Zhou Bichang, Han Hong and Zeng Yike, supermodel Du Juan, athlete Su Bingtian and tv host Ju Ping, Chao stated.

In an announcement printed on Weibo on Friday, Air China didn’t identify the worker however stated his “conduct has severely violated Air China’s knowledge administration rule”.

“We’ve determined to droop him from flight duties and [he] will face extreme punishment,” it stated.

“We make our honest apologies to the affected passengers.”

The 20 celebrities should not the primary to have their privateness breached in China this yr.

In October, 11 medical employees at a hospital in Jiangsu province have been suspended after posing for images on a mattress just lately vacated by Mando-pop star JJ Lin.

The 38-year-old Singaporean singer was taken to the Zhenjiang First Individuals’s Hospital after feeling unwell after performing a live performance within the metropolis.

One nurse was additionally accused of publishing pictures on-line of the needles and IV luggage Lin had used, prompting different social media customers to joke that they have been up on the market.

The incident sparked the same old heated discussions on-line.

“They have to be skilled. It’s a fundamental factor to guard sufferers’ privateness,” one web person stated on the time.

Air China additionally discovered itself in bother in July, when a former worker induced uproar on a flight by accusing three of her fellow passengers of attacking her, resulting in them being held and questioned for seven hours.

The corporate stated later that the girl had labored as a flight attendant however had been on sick depart since pouring sizzling water on a passenger greater than 10 years earlier. She was later identified with bipolar dysfunction. – South China Morning Publish

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