Should Air Canada have fired the baggage handlers caught in a viral video
, Associated Press
Two Air Canada baggage handlers set to lose their jobs over a video showing bags being dropped several metres into a bin on the ground were working under intense pressure to move the items quickly, their union said Monday.
Bill Trbovich, a spokesman for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, said when there’s no more room for carry on luggage inside a plane, handlers are forced to take the rest outside in a rush to be stowed elsewhere so the flight isn’t delayed.
But the stairs up to the plane are so steep, it would be dangerous to hurry down, Trbovich said.
Meanwhile, “management is pushing them to get the planes out on time,” he said.
The video, taken by a passenger on board a plane at Toronto’s Pearson Airport, shows one worker dropping baggage about six metres from the stairs to a luggage bin on the ground while another baggage handler works below.
Air Canada, which has dealt with backlash since the video was posted on YouTube on April 17, said the two employees have been suspended and will be fired as a result of the incident.
They have been told “their employment will be terminated pending the outcome of our investigation,” spokeswoman Angela Mah said in an email.
The airline has apologized for what it calls the “totally unacceptable mishandling of our passengers’ baggage captured on video.”
Trbovich said it’s not yet known whether the union will file a grievance.
But he stressed the airline could help prevent such incidents by enforcing its own carry on restrictions.
Employees are also under increased scrutiny now that everyone can shoot photos and video on their phone, and it’s not enough to just do your job safely and to the best of your abilitie nike air max 95 s, he said.
“You’re constantly looking over nike air max 95 your shoulder,” he said.
“You go about your business trying to do your job and you’ve got to be cognizant of where you are to make sure you don’t hurt yourself or fall down or something, and to worry about whether somebody’s taking your picture through an airplane window.”
Is Air Canada doing the right thing by firing both baggage handlers in the video? Have you ever got nike air max 95 a bag back that was damaged? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.
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