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Emirates Corruption: How One Girl’s Dream Job has Turned into her Worst Nightmare

Emirates Cabin Crew batchIt is many young girls’ dream to live a life full of travel, luxury and adventure. Being a cabin crew for a major airline does afford you that life. However, if you aren’t careful who you choose to associate yourself with, you may end up short-living that lifestyle.

This post was sent by a young Cabin Crew member working for a leading airline in the Middle East. Her cries for help really pulled at my heart-strings. I hope her story will somehow raise awareness. You’re vulnerable and defenseless when you’re up against the corruption of power rooted in the hearts local government officials or airline executives.

How Cabin Crew Corruption Made This Girl’s Job Unbearable

Emirates Corruption How One Girl’s Dream Job has Turned into her Worst NightmareI joined the airline in June 2015, the start of an exciting new adventure.

Training was so cool. I had a nice training batch and made new friends and we worked hard but had loads of fun. As a batch we went for dinners, drinks and clubbing. This place was the best, or so I thought.

One night I met a few very influential guys, government employees. One guy was throwing money at me; dinner in the best restaurants, exclusive clubs, VIP areas, expensive drinks and house parties at his home. I was living the dream!

But then everything changed. He started to expect returns. He became touchy and asked for sex. I turned them down and stopped seeing him.

That was the start of my nightmare!

Like any young girl I took loads of selfies and posted pictures on social media of the drinking and partying. There was one photo where I jokingly kissed a fellow crew member, a girl (shown above).

Much to my dismay the pictures were emailed to the police out of context. I was portrayed as a girl who had no respect for the local laws. I was accused of alcohol abuse, having sex and doing drugs!

A senior manager called me. He guaranteed me an early upgrade to first class, good rosters everything cabin crew dream of. He also said the police will stop the investigation. The only catch… I had to keep partying with the Government guy.

I turned him down.

Now to this day the harassment does not stop. Almost everyday I receive calls and threatening messages. I have changed my number but the guy and his friends are powerful. It was not long before I started getting them on the new number.

I told my Cabin Crew (CCM) and she looked into my story. I’m not sure if she stepped on some toes but I was then assigned a new CCM. (I have had 3 CCMs in the space of a few months!)

The airline suspended me, then placed me back on active duty. I got loads of turnaround flights. This guy has lots of influence. He has the power to manipulate my roster.

I am scared and I don’t know what to do…. I can’t give in but being in and out of group security and the police station was not the dream I had. My dream job has turned into a complete nightmare.

I wanted to share this with your followers as my story can help prevent other girls from going through the same hell as me.

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We hear cases like this all over the world, not just in the Middle East . That’s because local citizens have superior power over expats who work in the country.

Affluent businessmen also have powerful connections with authorities, so they can get away with bullying and threatening.

Be very careful who you go out with. I also advise not to post provocative photos of yourself on social media.

Your airline can’t protect you. They will have to follow the local laws. It’s unfair and unfortunate but this is just how it is.

If you have any advice or help to offer this young girl, please leave a comment below!


This article first appeared on Life As A Butterfly.