Virgin fumes as staff slate 747 safety on Facebook

Virgin Atlantic is instigating disciplinary proceedings against staff who criticised the airline’s safety record on Facebook.
The staff reportedly made derogatory comments about Virgin’s fleet of five Boeing 747s that are based at Gatwick airport. Comments were also made about Virgin customers, according to a report on the BBC.

In a statement published on Virgin’s official Facebook site, the company says it plans to deal with the dissenters.

“Virgin Atlantic has been made aware of some malicious comments that have been made on a social networking site by a small number of its staff,” the statement reads.

“The airline has started an immediate disciplinary investigation. We do not tolerate any criticism of our passengers or industry-leading safety standards and we are taking this matter very seriously.”

The company has also strenuously denied allegations of poor safety and on-board hygiene. “Safety is our top priority and we operate our fleet of aircraft in strict compliance with all manufacturers’ and safety authorities’ recommendations and regulations,” Virgin claims.

The case will once again highlight the problems of staff discussing company business on public social-networking sites, although it’s not clear whether the employees were posting in work time or in a personal capacity.

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