A Cathay Pacific pilot is in hot soup after inviting a female passenger to ride in the cockpit as the flight from Taipei was full.
Ada Ng, 28, took to social media to brag about her experience and even posted several photos and a video of her touchdown at Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok airport on February 26.
“Experiencing the take-off and landing inside the cockpit is very cool,” she said in her Weibo post dated March 3.
Ng’s post, which soon went viral, caused outrage among netizens and raised questions about airline security as passenger access to the cockpit would have been virtually impossible post-9/11.
A photo of Ng’s ticket posted online showed that she was supposed to be sitting in a jump seat in business class. Such seats are used by trainee pilots or off-duty crew members travelling between airports or by cabin crew during takeoff and landing. They can also be offered to the family of crew members.
A Cathay Pacific spokeswoman confirmed this in a statement saying that the airline “permits approved persons under the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department guidelines to apply for the use of the jump seat”.
“Eligible applicants include Cathay Pacific employees and their immediate family members,” she added.
In 2011, a Cathay Pacific pilot and flight attendant were dismissed after photos of them indulging in oral sex in the cockpit surfaced.