Ada Ng, a 28-year-old Chinese woman, is now at the center of controversy after posting photos of her flight with Cathay Pacific in the social media site Weibo.
The young attractive lady, who was on board flight CX465 from Taipei to Hong Kong on February 26, posted photos as well as videos of the airplane taking off and landing from the cockpit’s view. In addition, she also posted selfie photos inside the cockpit.
In the caption, she wrote: “Experiencing the take-off and landing inside the cockpit is very cool.”
Her posts has already been deleted from her account.
Reportedly, the Cathay Pacific flight Ng was in was already full so the pilot allowed her to join him in the cockpit. Ng’s posts quickly spread like wildfire on social media causing outrage among netizens.
A photo of Ng’s airline ticket was also posted on her social media account. It indicated that Ng was assigned to occupy the jump seat in the business class section of the plane.
In aviation, jump seats are provided for individuals not operating the airplane including trainee pilots, off-duty crew members, airline staff, and sometimes, government officials. It is used by the cabin crew during take off and landing. In Cathay Pacific’s case, they also allow immediate family members of crew members.
Ng didn’t indicate whether she’s a cabin crew or a family member of a crew in the airline.
A spokeswoman for Cathay Pacific told the press: “Cathay Pacific permits approved persons under the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department guidelines to apply for the use of the jump seat. Eligible applicants include Cathay Pacific employees and their immediate family members.”
She said that since Ng’s ticket bore the JMP mark, she was properly assigned to sit in the jump seat. For privacy reasons, the spokeswoman didn’t acknowledge whether Ng is an employee or a family member.
Many netizens commented that allowing non-pilots inside the cockpit can put passengers at risk.
The Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department is currently awaiting Cathay Pacific’s explanation regarding the issue.