An air hostess has been suspended after she was caught eating passenger MEALS.
The flight attendant was filmed mid-air tucking into a box of rice and meat which was lined up alongside a row of around 15 identical dishes.
She can be seen in the kitchen area next to a door on low cost Chinese carrier Urumqi Air as she uses a spoon to devour mouthfuls of food while a colleague films her.
The incident onboard the Boeing 737-800 made its way to bosses at Urumqi Air who confirmed the woman worked for the airline and that she had been ”suspended and disciplined’’.
A statement from the firm said that the meal the woman was eating was among left-overs and that they supply their air crew with ‘’adequate” on-board meals.
They said that the food had been opened without permission instead of going through the proper procedure for dealing with left-over meals.
The company’s statement said: ‘’In view of the employee’s irregularities, the company has started an investigation and disciplinary procedures in accordance with the regulations.
”The company has arranged a comprehensive internal investigation to ensure that crew follow strictly the implementation of food disposal processes, to avoid the recurrence of similar incidents.
‘’Urumqi Airlines since its inception uphold a responsible attitude to provide services to the general tourists.’’
They company did not say where the flight was filmed or when it happened but the footage emerged earlier this month.
They explained that each flight aimed to meet the passengers’ demand for meals but there was sometimes a surplus when travellers did not eat the food.
A spokesman added: ”In addition, the crew will also be equipped with adequate crew meals.
”We are deeply sorry about the incident and will never tolerate such acts. Complying with industry standards is a basic requirement for professionals and apologizes for the troubles caused by this incident.”