An Argentinian airline has fired two pilots after they had been pictured taking selfies with a Playboy model in the cockpit mid-flight, the airline mentioned.
Model Viky Xipolitakis posted photos to her Twitter account displaying her posing amongst two smiling pilots with the cockpit controls behind them.
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In video obtained by Argentinian news plan Telenoche and shared with ABC News, 1 of the pilots is seen explaining how many controls function to the model, who seems to be the one particular taking the video.
She has due to the fact apologized through social media but that has not helped save either pilot’s job.
Patricio Zocchi Molina and Federico Matias Soaje were fired by Aerolineas Argentinas on June 25, 3 days right after the flight in question, although that could not be the end of their punishment.
“Also criminal proceedings against the above-named and against the passenger involved will be initiated under Post 190 of the penal code for putting the flight’s safety at danger,” the Argentinean airline said in a statement.
For her part, Xipolitakis has not taken down the pictures from her Twitter post on the evening of June 24, but has added quite a few statements in Spanish relating to the incident.
“I sincerely and wholeheartedly did not imagine I could bring about this a lot damage,” she wrote in one of the posts.
“With respect to the extraordinary flight, getting there was an unforgettable and beautiful expertise, I never believed there would be this substantially fuss,” she wrote in Spanish.
The airline, which referred to her only as “the passenger,” stated that she will be banned from each Aerolineas and Austral flights for the next five years.
The Federal Aviation Administration has no jurisdiction in this matter, considering the fact that the airline in query is an Argentinian business that handles domestic flights in Argentina, but the agency does have certain guidelines when it comes to pilots working with handheld devices.
Industrial pilots are not permitted to use individual wireless devices “although at their duty station” and it is only allowed if “straight related to operation of the aircraft, or for emergency, security-related, or employment-connected communications,” according to the FAA regulations. That said, these guidelines do not apply to everyone occupying the jumpseat.
“The FAA is unaware of incidents of pilots violating the regulation,” a FAA spokesman mentioned in a statement to ABC News, referring to carriers more than which the agency has jurisdiction.