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MEA Staff Racist Incident At BEY 6th October 2012  
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27251 posts, RR: 60
Posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 9802 times:

Apparantly a few ground staff employed by MEA were caught in a racism incident. MEA have even posted on their Facebook page due to huge publicity on this. If true this is certainly not acceptable and Im sure Skyteam will also be watching this carfefully as to how MEA handle it . If found guilty they should loose their jobs.

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To our loyal customers and fans,

We are aware of the purported incident that took place on the 6th October 2012 at Beirut International Airport, and appreciate your patience while a full investigation by MEA is underway. Please rest assured that MEAs policy is not to tolerate discriminatory or racist behavior in any form from our employees, and that appropriate measures will be taken once the facts of the incident are brought to light.

Yours sincerely,
The MEA Team

https://www.facebook.com/MiddleEastAirlines.AirLiban

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Racism at Beirut Airport! My personal hands-on experience.

Yesterday on the 6th of October I was at gate 11 with a friend of mine waiting to board the Air Arabia flight at 20:25.

While waiting to board there was a group of foreign workers sitting with the rest of the passengers waiting for their turn. They were behaving normally as any other group of passengers would. Then sadly, the lady (looking at her uniform she apparently works for MEA Ground Services and not Air Arabia) at the gate announced on loud speaker (over the whole system covering the airport) the following: “Filipino people stop talking”; then she started giggling about it with the macho gentleman who was with her at the gate. They continued their racist behavior by announcing again “Filipino Nepal people talking not allowed here” and on and on.

http://www.plus961.com/2012/10/racism-at-beirut-international-airport/

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User currently offlineAsoRock From Bahrain, joined May 2006, 322 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 9749 times:

This is totally not surprising. In fact this is probably the least racist incident, more of such behaviour is routine in BEY.

User currently offlinechootie From Germany, joined May 2007, 290 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 9683 times:

TOTALLY unacceptable!!!!!!!!!

They should be sacked and anyone who feels the some way, should loose their jobs also.

They can have opinons etc... but be professional and leave them at home before you go to work.

SHAME, SHAME, on them         



chootie
User currently offlineclydenairways From Ireland, joined Jan 2007, 1280 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 9498 times:

Quoting chootie (Reply 2):

They should be sacked and anyone who feels the some way, should loose their jobs also.

They can have opinons etc... but be professional and leave them at home before you go to work.

I'd say this is unlikely that anything will happen to them at all.
If there are any Anti-Racism laws they are clearly not enforced, which is quite obvious from the response when challenged by the person who witnessed the event.


User currently offlineyegbey01 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1732 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 9287 times:

Typical Beirut mentality....But don't blame MEA. This is a terrible culture that is so engrained into people's brains in that part of the world!!!

They can discipline that women, but will not change the reality in that country.


User currently offlineHOONS90 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 3051 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 9042 times:
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What a terrible public relations nightmare for the airline. That's the power of social media, I guess. I wonder if those two ground staff members ever thought about this incident making it onto the airline's Facebook page. Now there will be a lot of public pressure for the airline to discipline those two staff members involved.

What goes around comes around.



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User currently offlinevarig md-11 From France, joined Jul 2000, 1605 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 8961 times:

Lame, ridiculous and pathetic behavior....
She did all that circus probably to desperatly get attention from the (certainly gay) macho guy working with her.

Now I am waiting for the intervention from certain a.netters jumping at the US/France/UK throat whenever "racist incidents" equalling 1/10th of this crap happen here



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User currently offlineazstar From United States of America, joined May 2005, 627 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 8936 times:

Quoting varig md-11 (Reply 6):
She did all that circus probably to desperatly get attention from the (certainly gay) macho guy working with her.

???? What is that supposed to mean?


User currently offlinecedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8171 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks ago) and read 8667 times:

Lebanon is one of my favourite countries in the world for it's long history, beautiful landscapes and talented, intelligent people. Alas, they are also incredibly racist and you should read this article to learn more.

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/...acism-out-of-the-news-7718707.html

Hopefully as the world becomes smaller and our eyes keep opening, the Lebanese* will evolve and this kind of thing will become extinct.

* and, let's face it, almost all other countries - what do Australians, my tribe, say about "Lebbos", what do Lebanon's neighbours in Israel say about Arabs, what do Indians say about Pakistanis? And this is a list that could go on forever - we have to do much better than this.



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User currently offlinevarig md-11 From France, joined Jul 2000, 1605 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks ago) and read 8603 times:

Quoting azstar (Reply 7):
What is that supposed to mean?

Look, I'm gay myself so don't see an attack against the guy, rather against the nerd who, trying to be bright, articulated such crap against those poor Filipino and Nepalese



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User currently offlineart From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 3391 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 8498 times:

To me there is nothing wrong with identifying people by their nationality, nor by their race - not that such aspects are of much significance when set beside their qualities as people.

Quoting varig md-11 (Reply 6):
Lame, ridiculous and pathetic behavior....

   And would be in my book whatever the grounds for singling a group out for abuse.


User currently offlineraffik From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 1718 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 8205 times:

This is nothing new in Lebanon. Their treatment of black people and Fillipinos, Sri Lankas etc is disgraceful.
They are treated like second rate people and are often mistreated by Lebanese families who employ them
as domestic assistance.
Beirut International Airport is the only airport I've been to where there is a dedicated seating / waiting area for
domestic staff, well away from other people.

I am Lebanese myself and I find it awful.

This isn't actually MEA's fault- this problem is cultural.



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User currently offlineEASTERN747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 555 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 7705 times:

Airline staff working the ground face so any problems, especially with international handling. I used to grinch when apporched by Indians or Pakes with their hordes of baggage. "Would you be so kind as allow us to check 400lbs for nothing? Sorry, no as your are over 70 lbs and how do you expect our guys to lift it....I'm not...OH the arguments. I was raised a middle class guy from a simple suburb. No predudise to anyone. Then I started traveling the world.......and found sooooo many cool people and cultures and some not so.....is NYC cab drivers LOLLOLOLm

User currently offlineAkiestar From Philippines, joined May 2009, 786 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 7617 times:

There's a reason why the Philippine government has banned OFW deployment to Lebanon: worker safety. And, based on what I'm seeing on this thread, they're right in doing so.

User currently offlinemozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2204 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5492 times:

What do you expect in an environment where the national airline (MEA) in its onboard magazines has a page with "quotes from famous people" which includes not only Gerswhin and Hemingway but also a certain "A. Hitler"?

In my almost daily interaction with people from Lebanon (some living there, some expats) and from my frequent visits I find that a small proportion of them are outstandingly cosmpopolitan, open-minded and cultivated. But the large majority are openly racist, sexist, and lack a sense of civic behaviour. They like to stress their distinctiviness from other "Arab" nations and portray themselves as a satellite of European values and civilization. Sorry to say that they are not. This is not to say that there are no racist incidents in Europe (look at the anti-Semitism in its violent form erupting in France right now). But in Europe it is a phenomenon at the margins and it is sanctioned by the law. In Lebanon it is more or less mainstream and more or less accepted.


User currently offlinefridgmus From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1442 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5199 times:
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I've just returned from working in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait for the last eight years and spent a lot of time with Filipino and Nepalese workers and they are the kindest, most respectful and incredibly friendly people I've ever met.

Those MEA staff involved should be body slammed on their way out the door! We all have enough problems in this world and those kind of attitudes have no place in this world.

Just my   

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User currently offlinesoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5079 times:

Flew with MEA many times and this comes no surprise!


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User currently offlineOD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1925 posts, RR: 32
Reply 17, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4916 times:

The sad part is that she probably still doesn't realize that there was anything wrong in her behavior.

User currently offlineDrColenzo From UK - Scotland, joined Jan 2012, 144 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4757 times:

I am quite disappointed to hear this has happened in Lebanon, which is one of the more relaxed and progressive countries in the Middle East.

My ten cents worth is that this is par for the course in many countries in the region, Filipino and other workers are treated abysmally and the human rights record with regards to people of other religions, ethic groups, woman and gay people in so many of these nations is frankly atrocious. I don't take the national sovereignty view on this, human rights are human rights and I feel uncomfortable with the west turning a blind eye in the name of oil, we should be better than this.

As for MEA and the behaviour of its staff, again I am disappointed but why am I not surprised? However, I have seen some pretty crappy behaviour towards migrant workers in airports in Saudi* and the UEA and so to use the phrase again, could this just be par for the course for the treatment of migrant workers in the region? Certainly on Saudia and Etihad I have seen some crappy behaviour to migrant workers returning home, but not as bad as what you have described happening in Beirut.

*During my time in the forces; I had the glorious secret pleasure of being in Saudi and having Israeli parentage on my maternal side...Jews are banned by Saudi law from entering the Kingdom but whether this is actually enforced I don't know.


User currently offlinefaro From Egypt, joined Aug 2007, 1586 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4514 times:

Quoting OD720 (Reply 17):

The sad part is that she probably still doesn't realize that there was anything wrong in her behavior.

The good part is that MEA management, being responsible, progressive and intolerant of such behaviour will shortly undertake an investigation, identify said employee and deal with her in an exemplary manner. Furthermore it will make this public and announce in no uncertain terms that MEA -in regard of the international nature of its operations- adheres to a strict, zero-tolerance policy on racism.

Thank you in advance MEA for doing the right thing; we all await your press release...


Faro

[Edited 2012-10-09 02:42:00]


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User currently offlineAF1624 From France, joined Jul 2006, 665 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4410 times:

How ironic, when the same Lebanese people complain of being discriminated against when they come here to find work.

Oh well, some things never change unfortunately.



Cheers
User currently offlineraffik From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 1718 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4378 times:

Quoting mozart (Reply 14):
What do you expect in an environment where the national airline (MEA) in its onboard magazines has a page with "quotes from famous people" which includes not only Gerswhin and Hemingway but also a certain "A. Hitler"?

I remember you mentioning this in August. On which MEA flight were you on that had this in the magazine?

I honestly do not think that MEA is a "racist" airline- they operate multiple routes to Africa and have done for many, many years now. They also served Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka etc.

What happened at Beirut airport was down to one (Stupid) woman who is employed by MEAG- a separate company which is owned by MEA. So firstly, we need to separate this. Racism is not endemic at the airline.
However, the cabin crew can be utterly miserable to all passengers- whether you're Lebanese, English., American etc.
There is a problem with their training, that's for sure.

Racism very much exists in general in Lebanon- the massive influx of workers from Sri Lanka, Phillipines etc who travel to the country to work as nannies or maids etc. Some of them are so mis treated that there is a high rate of suicide- they literally will throw themselves from the balconies of their employer's apartments.

It makes me cringe sometimes when I'm in Beirut and you see rich Lebanese families with their nannies- sitting with the children, not eating anything, outcasts. But then there are families who treat them very well.
Lebanon needs laws in place to counter racism- it is happening but the country has other problems at the moment and with the current government, equality issues are of low importance.

I will sign off saying that I have been on the receiving end of racist abuse here in the UK for being mixed race and I witnessed many racist attacks against my father when I was growing up. Lebanon isn't the only place it happens unfortunately and I think that it probably happens everywhere



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User currently offlineusdcaguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 990 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4320 times:

It seems like places with a view of the water, plentiful sun, beautiful white people and a flashy cafe culture are rather oblivious to the dignity of the poor and the dark. The Lebanese should not take their country and culture for granted; it's one of the most beautiful in the world. It will only remain so if they also respect the dignity of those who do not look like them or embody the type of person they think they should be or date. I realize most of them are not that superficial, but I do sense that aesthetics and image on the affluent Mediterranean are given outsize importance when so many suffer in the surrounding countries. Southern California is another example of where one may find this attitude.

User currently offlineraffik From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 1718 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4162 times:

Middle East Airlines - Air Liban
To our loyal fans and customers,

Having investigated the issue that occurred on the 6th October, 2012 at Rafik Hariri Intl. Airport - Beirut, which involved misbehavior by a MEAG (subsidiary of MEA) passenger service agent, we would like to issue the following statement.

This type of behavior represents an isolated case, and is 100% against MEA’s policy.

It does not fit within MEA’s culture, and furthermore goes contrary to our training procedures.

Severe disciplinary action has been taken against the staff concerned.

Kindly rest assured that our goal is to attain the highest levels of customer satisfaction.

Yours sincerely,
The MEA Team



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User currently offlinemozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2204 posts, RR: 13
Reply 24, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4050 times:

Quoting raffik (Reply 21):
I remember you mentioning this in August. On which MEA flight were you on that had this in the magazine?

July 13, London-Beirut, the afternoon flight. Then saw it again a couple of weeks later.

Not saying that putting Hitler in the midst of a series of otherwise very humane bright minds is racist, but it shows a certain lack of sensitivity to certain topics.


25 raffik : I agree. I was shocked when I heard that. I think you should contact the airline about it. I believe the MEA magazine was outsourced to an external p
26 OA260 : Racism is a problem in every country in the world in various ways . The worst offenders are where the society and its authorities are part of it and t
27 Lentini2001 : While we're going on about racist things you cannot say, theres another one...[Edited 2012-10-09 04:47:32]
28 Post contains images aloges : ...and this is also a case where you really need to quote the correct person.
29 Post contains images Akiestar : And mind you, I'm very open-minded!
30 Post contains links SOBHI51 : The good news, the woman was fired, well done MEA http://news.yahoo.com/lebanon-airlin...ver-remark-153149231--finance.html
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