China Eastern Allegedly Fires Flight Attendant After Her Boyfriend Proposes Midflight

Sep 17, 2018

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A China Eastern Airlines flight attendant may have been fired by the carrier after her boyfriend proposed to her – on the job.

On May 19, the unnamed flight attendant was working on Flight MU2329 from Xian (XIY) to Yinchuan (INC) when her boyfriend of four years got down on one knee in the aisle, about a half-hour after takeoff. The surprised woman was happy and emotional, wiping away tears in viral video captured by passengers who later uploaded the footage to video sharing site Pear Video. Voiceover commentary from the poster offered additional context, saying that all of the passengers were very moved by the gesture.

The voiceover states: “This morning, I was a passenger on this flight from Xian to Yinchuan. About half an hour after we departed, a man proposed to one of the flight attendants. She was very emotional and even cried before accepting his proposal. At the time, all of the passengers were very touched and even applauded the happy couple. Later, they thanked everyone for witnessing their special moment and introduced themselves a little bit, saying that the man was also an employee of the airline.”

The video also depicts the flight attendant using the intercom to say, “I really had no idea he was going to propose today on this flight. Thank you, everyone, for witnessing the moment with us.” The Pear video ends with text stating “Although this is very romantic, please do not neglect safety!”

Unfortunately, the airline seems to share the video commenter’s opinion: On September 10, Liaoning Satellite TV reported that the flight attendant allegedly had been let go by the carrier for “neglecting passenger safety” during the special moment, stating that the mid-flight proposal had caused a disturbance for the passengers and was an “irresponsible act.” TPG reached out to China Eastern Airlines for confirmation regarding both the flight attendant and her fiancé’s employment status, but was unable to reach an authorized spokesperson. The customer service agent told TPG that the airline does not have a press office.

Featured image of a China Airlines Boeing 777-300ER at Shanghai Pudong International Airport on September 2018 by Yu Chun Christopher Wong/S3studio/Getty Images

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