Flight attendant Tatiana Kozlenko will no longer be flying the friendly skies after she posted a photo of herself giving Aeroflot passengers the finger to the Internet. Her bosses at the Russian airline became aware of the photo after it made its way from Facebook-style social networking site, Vkontakte, to Twitter, getting plenty of “likes” and re-tweets along the way.
Ironically enough, the airline announced that it had handed high-flying Kozlenko her walking papers via the same medium that had made them aware of the photo in the first place, Twitter. “Posting this photo shows Tatiana’s attitude towards passengers and her duties,” Aeroflot posted on their Twitter account. “She acknowledged her fault when she spoke to her managers.”
According to The Daily Mail, Ms. Kozlenko claims that it wasn’t her in the picture and that she is only guilty of tagging the photo, not flipping the bird herself. “I don’t consider myself guilty! The photo was added to my page, I only tagged myself on it!!!,” she said on her Vkontakte page. “The hand isn’t mine, the plane is not my company’s!!! I don’t understand what they spoil my life for!!! I’m asking you for help and support!!”
This is not the first time someone making this gesture has gotten in trouble after a photo of their middle finger landed on the web. Last October, Lindsey Stone was forced to apologize after an image of her flashing her middle finger at Arlington National Cemetery hit the Internet. Digital disgust prompted an online petition to get the woman fired from her job.
Stone posted the picture of herself making the obscene gesture at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, next to a sign at the military cemetery that asks for “Silence and Respect.” In her apology, Stone acknowledged that her attempt at a visual pun was in bad taste.
Source: (The Daily Mail)