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Middle East Airlines fires air hostess for racism

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Lebanon’s national carrier, Middle East Airlines, sacked an air hostess for making a racial comment against foreign workers at the country’s Rafic Hariri International Airport, Now Lebanon online reported on Wednesday.

Abd Shahin, a witness, wrote details of the incident on his Facebook page. He said the air hostess, who was speaking through a loudspeaker, requested all Filipino and Nepalese workers at Gate 11 to be quiet because “they have no right to speak.”

Lebanon’s Minister of Public Affairs and Transportation, Ghazi al-Araidi, issued an apology on BBC “to all our Filipino friends and Nepalese brothers and all who heard or seen the incident.”

In response to the incident, the airline company announced on their Facebook page that “such action was an individual case and does not reflect the company’s ethics.” The company said that its hostesses will have to undergo “disciplinary action” to prevent any future incidents of that sort.