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Cathay Pacific attendant quits after Facebook 'coffee-throwing threat' on Thaksin's daughter

A Thai flight attendant has left her job with Cathay Pacific after saying on Facebook that she wanted to throw coffee over ousted Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra's daughte

HONG KONG // A flight attendant has left her job with Cathay Pacific after saying on Facebook that she wanted to throw coffee over ousted Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra's daughter, the airline said Tuesday.

She had come under investigation for alleged misconduct after her Facebook comments, in which she reportedly said that she wanted to pour coffee over Paetongtarn Shinawatra, who she described as "the daughter of my enemy".

A spokeswoman for Cathay Pacific would not confirm whether the attendant, who the airline declined to identify, resigned or was sacked when contacted by AFP.

"We have investigated the matter thoroughly," Cathay said in a statement, adding that it confirmed the attendant's Facebook posting was unauthorised.

"We can also confirm that the cabin crew concerned is no longer an employee of the company," the statement added.

According to the South China Morning Post, the Thai stewardess had posted the original comments on her Facebook page after she had discovered Paetongtarn was on board a November 25 flight from Bangkok to Hong Kong.

On the Facebook post, she said she had told her flight manager: "I could not work knowing the daughter of my enemy was on the plane.

"I called my personal adviser asking if it would be all right to throw coffee at Paetongtarn, but was told that this could breach Hong Kong's laws," she reportedly wrote.

She added that she had been angry at "the failure" of an anti-government rally in Bangkok on November 24.

The SCMP and Thai media said that the attendant used the Facebook name Honey Lochanachai. Reports said she had worked for the airline for 24 years.

Thai media quoted Paetongtarn, one of Thaksin's three children, as saying she felt "uncomfortable" about the incident, which sparked a small protest by some 50 pro-Thaksin supporters outside Cathay's office in Bangkok on Monday.

She added that she had been visiting Hong Kong for work and to see her father, who was ousted in a military coup in 2006 and has been living abroad to avoid a jail term for corruption.

The long-running political crisis in Thailand recently saw its first major street protests against the government of prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Thaksin's younger sister, who is accused by her rivals of being a puppet for her fugitive brother.

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