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About 50 people gather in front of the Bangkok office of Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific to protest against misconduct by a member of the airline’s cabin crew. SOMCHAI POOMLARD

Breaking news: Stewardess says she resigned (not dismissed).

A Thai airline stewardess at the centre of a controversy over a coffee-throwing threat has formally resigned from her job at Cathay Pacific, and urged the public not to hold a grudge against Hong Kong's flag carrier.

The flight attendant posted the message on her Facebook on Monday night, not long after Cathay Pacific made an announcement that she was no longer listed as an employee working for the airline.

"Today [Monday] I resigned as a flight attendant for Cathay Pacific Airline to show responsibility for the problem that has happened and the damage done to the image of the airline,'' the message said.

stewardess – a female flight attendant บริกรหญิงบนเครื่องบิน
resign – to leave a job permanently ลาออกจากตำแหน่ง
dismiss – to force someone to leave their job  ไล่ออกจากตำแหน่ง
controversy – a disagreement that a lot of people have strong feelings about ความขัดแย้ง
urge – to advise someone very strongly about what action or attitude they should take ผลักดัน, กระตุ้น
flight attendant – someone who serves passengers on an aircraft
grudge – a feeling of anger towards someone because they have done something to you that does not seem right or fair ความบาดหมาง, ความไม่พอใจ, ความคับข้องใจ
show responsibility – to say or admit you are the cause of something or involved with something, usually something bad แสดงความรับผิดชอบ
image – an opinion that people have about someone or something ภาพลักษณ์

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Paetongtarn threat burns stewardess

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A Thai Cathay Pacific flight attendant who said she wanted to throw coffee in the face of one of Thaksin Shinawatra's daughters has been fired.

The flight attendant said she wanted to throw coffee in the face of Paetongtarn Shinawatra, the youngest daughter of the ousted premier, while she was on a Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong.

"I immediately told my flight manager I could not work knowing the daughter of my enemy was on the plane," the attendant wrote on her Facebook page, according to reports.

"I called my personal adviser asking if it would be all right to throw coffee at Paetongtarn, but was told that this could breach Hong Kong's laws."

The cabin attendant was also accused of posting the list of passengers for the Hong Kong-bound flight from Bangkok on Nov 25, on which Ms Paetongtarn's name appeared, on the internet.

The airline last night confirmed the incident had taken place.

"We can confirm the incident involved a member of our cabin crew who has privately posted certain information on a social media site about one of our passengers, and that it is an unauthorised incident," it said.

"We can also confirm the cabin crew member concerned is no longer an employee of the company."

The statement added: "The airline is honoured to serve Thailand and looks forward to demonstrating to its many customers across the country that this was an isolated incident."

Earlier yesterday, about 50 people gathered at the Bangkok office of the Hong Kong-based airline to demand action against the flight attendant.

Leslie Lu, manager of Cathay Pacific in Thailand, received a letter from the protesters and later apologised.

Sources in the industry said the disclosure of the list of passengers to the public alone was serious enough to warrant dismissal of an employee.

"The manifest is confidential information, well-guarded by airlines, and should never have been given to unauthorised people," said a chief executive of a Bangkok-based airline.

Though no coffee was actually thrown, the remarks compounded the seriousness of the case because it reflected an improper attitude, he said.

"Airlines are a service industry and a flight attendant cannot discriminate against passengers because of his or her personal feelings," he added.

insult – to say or do something to someone that is rude or offensive พูดแดกดัน, พูดจาบจ้วง
gather – to come together in a group รวมกลุ่ม, รวมตัวกัน, จับกลุ่มกัน, ชุมนุม
protest – to make a strong complaint or disagreement ประท้วง
misconduct – unacceptable or bad behaviour by someone in a position of authority or responsibility การประพฤติผิด
cabin – the area where passengers sit in an aircraft  ห้องคนโดยสารในเครื่องบิน
cabin crew – the people whose job is to take care of passengers on a planeพนักงานภายในเครื่องบิน, ลูกเรือ
threat – saying that you might do something bad or harmful, especially in order to make someone do something  การขู่เข็ญ การคุกคาม ทำให้กลัว
stewardess – a female flight attendant บริกรหญิงบนเครื่องบิน
flight attendant – someone who serves passengers on an aircraft
fire – to make someone leave their job, sometimes as a punishment ไล่ออก
ousted – forced out of a position of power ที่ถูกขับออกจากตำแหน่ง
premier –prime minister นายกรัฐมนตรี
immediately – happening right after something else with no delay; right away ทันที
enemy – a person who hates somebody or who acts or speaks against somebody/something ศัตรู
adviser – a person who gives advice, especially somebody who knows a lot about a particular subject ที่ปรึกษา
breach – a failure to follow a law or rule การละเมิดกฎหมาย
incident – something that happens, usually something bad เหตุการณ์
private – intended for or involving a particular person or group of people, not for people in general ส่วนตัว
social media – the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into an interactive dialogue, e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc. เครือข่ายสังคมออนไลน์
unauthorised – without having permission to do something ที่ไม่ได้รับอนุญาต
concerned – involved in something, or affected by something เกี่ยวข้องกับ ที่สัมพันธ์กับ
employee – someone who is paid regularly to work for a person or an organisation ลูกจ้าง
honoured – feeling pleased or proud to be doing something รู้สึกเป็นเกียรติ
look forward to – to feel pleased and excited about something that is going to happen ตั้งหน้ารอคอย
demonstrate – to show something clearly แสดงให้เห็น
isolated – set apart from; disconnected from แยกออกมา ตั้งอยู่เดี่ยวๆ
apologise – to say you are sorry for doing something wrong or for causing a problem ขอโทษ
source – someone who gives information แหล่งข่าว
disclosure – information or a fact that is made known or public that was previously secret or private  การเปิดเผย
warrant – to be/make necessary or appropriate in a particular situation มีเหตุผลอันสมควร
dismissal – forcing someone to leave their job  การไล่ออกจากตำแหน่ง
manifest  – a list of goods or passengers on a ship or an aircraft รายการผู้โดยสาร/สินค้า
confidential – secret, often in a formal, business or military situation ที่เป็นความลับ
unauthorised – without having permission to do something ที่ไม่ได้รับอนุญาต
executive – a senior manager in a business or other organisation ผู้บริหาร
remark – something said คำพูด
compound – to make a problem or difficult situation worse เพิ่ม
reflect – to show สะท้อน แสดงถึง
improper – not suited or appropriate to the situation ไม่เหมาะสม ไม่สมควร
attitude – someone’s opinions or feelings about something, especially as shown by their behaviour ทัศนคติ, ลักษณะท่าทาง
discriminate – to treat one person or group worse/better than another in an unfair way  เลือกปฏิบัติกับ

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