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Flight Attendant was slapped
06-08-2013, 01:26 AM (This post was last modified: 06-08-2013 01:32 AM by throttlejockey.)
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Indonesian Official Strikes Flight Attendant

A high-ranking official from Bangka Belitung struck a Sriwijaya Air flight attendant after he was told to switch off his mobile phone for landing.

Zakaria Umarhadi, head of the Bangka Belitung Investment Coordinating Board (BKPMD Bangka Belitung), was using his phone just after the airplane had landed at Depati Amir Airport in Bangka Belitung from Jakarta on Wednesday night.

The flight attendant, Nur Febriani, approached him and requested he comply with flight regulations by turning off his phone until he was inside the terminal. Zakaria refused and continued to use his phone. Febriani then told him again that using it inside of the plane was forbidden.

Zakaria yelled at her and struck her head and face with a newspaper as he was exiting the plane.

Agus Sujono, spokesman of Sriwijaya Air, said that security officers took Zakaria to the police station after Febriani, who has been working with Sriwijaya Air for five years, reported the incident.

“[He has been] repeatedly warned,” Agus said, as quoted by Tempo.co. “During take off [he was warned], and it happened again during landing.”

Zakaria’s lawyer, Elisa, said that Zakaria was making an important phone call with his child when Febriani approached him.

“Zakaria’s wife was about to have a surgery, so he needed to communicate with his child and other family members,” Elisa said, as quoted by Okezone.com. “He was calling his child [when he was warned].”

Bangka Belitung Police spokesman Adj. Sr. Comr. Indra on Friday afternoon said that Zakaria had been charged for abusing Febriani.

“He has been quizzed and detained at the police office,” Indra said, as quoted by portalkbr.com on Friday. “Based on the investigation results and witnesses’ testimonies and evidence that we had confiscated, we have charged him with article 351 sub article 1 of the criminal code on abuse, which carries maximum sanction of two years and eight months.

JG.. 07/06/2013

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