Ryanair Plans Discipline for Crew Over Fake Floor-Sleeping Photo

(Bloomberg) -- Ryanair Holdings Plc has instructed the Portuguese cabin crew accused of posting a fake photo of themselves sleeping on an airport floor to attend a disciplinary meeting in Dublin this week.

The Irish discount airline released CCTV footage to Twitter on Oct. 17 which it claimed showed the crew staging the photo at Malaga airport in Spain. The staff have been told they are “required to attend an investigative meeting under the disciplinary procedure,” according to a letter seen by Bloomberg.

The purpose of the meeting is to “discuss the circumstances surrounding the distribution on social media of a photograph which faked events that occurred on Oct. 13,” according to the letter. The story was first reported by Ireland’s RTE.

Ryanair didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

The ‘fake photo’ incident took place amid a turbulent time for Europe’s biggest budget airline, which faced widespread criticism earlier this week over a failure to eject a passenger who racially abused an elderly female flier. The airline is also in long-running negotiations with its workforce following a summer of strikes and other labor disputes.

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