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22 January 2008 :: 18:01:57 pm 4220

Saucy Soap Has Thai Airways’ Trolley Dollies Up In Arms

A new Thai Channel 5 soap opera “The War of the Angels” or “The Air Hostess War” (Songkhram Nang Fah), has so offended the sensibilities of female Thai Airways’ flight attendants, (jocularly referred to as “trolley dollies” in the trade) with its salacious portrayal of illicit affairs between a handsome pilot and a number of beautiful air hostesses that they are campaigning to have the melodrama taken off the air.
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The perennial triple theme of Thai TV soaps, namely love, envy and jealousy, has been translated into the context of an airliner. Aired from Mondays through Thursdays at 8.25 pm, the first three episodes were shown last week. The female lead is a beautiful air hostess, who co-workers are envious of, especially when a married pilot begins to take a fancy to her. The various characters become jealous, vow revenge and fight each other in the aisles of the plane. Inevitably, the scenario involves love triangles and steamy sex scenes at stopover cities.

Despite the fact that air hostesses and pilots have always had a reputation for pairing off, much in the same way as doctors and nurses, female Thai Airways flight attendants have taken umbrage that members of their fraternity are being so depicted and have complained that it casts aspersions upon their profession, demeans and portrays them in an unrealistic and immoral light. Various individuals, including Acting Union President of the Thai Airways International Union, Somsak Srinual, maintain that the plane interior depicted is strongly resemblant of a Thai Airways aircraft, hence the outrage of the national carrier’s aircrews.

The cabin crews have enlisted the aid of the Thai Airways International Union to represent them. “This soap opera is insulting and damaging to the reputation of flight attendants.” said Noppadol Thaungthong, a Thai Airways flight attendant leading the union’s action. “It’s all about sex and air hostesses beating each other up in the cabin because of love and jealousy. This kind of thing never happens,” she maintains.

Furthermore, Krishnaratn Puranarasamriddhi, Vice President of the Thai Airways Labour Union, said “War of Angels” ignored all the important safety and customer service work carried out by flight attendants. Bangkok Air, on the other hand, maintains that it could well put off young recruits to the airlines in general. Whereas Darichat Jaikrajang, a Japan Airlines’ flight attendant, said the drama misrepresented the nature of working as an air hostess. “Ability and discipline are far more important than physical beauty if you work as an air hostess,” she asserted.

The union intends to protest to the show’s producers Exact, Channel Five, the Culture Minister, Khunying Khaisri Sri-aroon, the National Human Rights Commission, Thai Airways President, Apinant Sumaseranee, and air force chief ACM Chalit Phukphasuk, demanding that the melodrama be stopped immediately. However, Channel 5, says it has no plans to cancel the soap opera, but will consider suggesting that scenes found to be offensive be edited out, said spokeswoman Thawinan Kongkran. “The producer says the soap opera reflects all sides of the profession,” Thawinan said, “if some scenes are inappropriate, as the labor union says, we will ask the producer to change that.” Despite the aircrews’ outrage, however, it would appear that the soap is becoming increasingly popular amongst viewers, who are attracted by the glamour of the air hostesses’ lifestyle, whether exaggerated or not, and the novelty of the scenario.

Reporter : Sirithanon   Photo : Internet   Category : Entertainment News

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