Following the news about racism with MEA employees (click here) at Beirut’s International Airport (I refuse to call it by that other name), MEA has issued a statement. Of course, they were sort of forced to seeing as the story went viral.
This is their response:
To our loyal customers and fans,
We are aware of the purported incident that took place on the 6th October 2012 at Beirut International Airport, and appreciate your patience while a full investigation by MEA is underway. Please rest assured that MEAs policy is not to tolerate discriminatory or racist behavior in any form from our employees, and that appropriate measures will be taken once the facts of the incident are brought to light.
The MEA Team
Is it lackluster? Yes. Does it feel forced? You bet. Is it color by number? Definitely. Will it calm people down? Perhaps it will.
A couple of days from now, few will remember that there was an employee with MEA who insulted people just because of their citizenship, fully knowing that the passport those people have can get them access to much more countries than the miserable piece of identification she has stashed in her pocket. You know, that blue booklet with the cedar on it – our pride and joy. You can start crying out of pride now.
I really hope that people keep talking about this until MEA lets everyone know what those “appropriate measures” will be. Racism in Lebanon needs to be tackled sure. But raising awareness gets you nowhere. And if there’s anything that works with people like the Lebanese, it’s a tap on the wrist. Or a slap across the face. Once they see that being racist outloud will get them fired, they will think twice about publicizing their stupidity.
Let’s face it, bottled in racism exists everywhere – even in countries that proclaim they don’t have it.
And there’s nothing I’d rather see than that woman and the man who supported her fired. Am I harsh? Absolutely not. They deserve much more than that.
They do deserve much more than that…
Heida saff 7ake. Ma hiye aslan kif twazzafet? Wasta.
I believe MEA has to pay the reputation price of this shameful behavior. On one hand we expect from our international companies to provide the world the best of us, on the other and most importantly, MEA along with all Lebanese companies have the moral responsibility of selecting and promoting proper behavior, because in turn, only this type of selection can impact positively an educational system that is governed by money making, and no other value…
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Following the news about racism with MEA employees (click here) at Beirut’s International Airport (I refuse to call it by that other name), MEA has issued a statement. Of course, they were sort of forced to seeing as the story went viral. from a separate state of mind…. my favorite blog!
Im planning on (with my family) boycotting MEA the filth and that employee should be put in jail
I don’t think they should be put in jail. Firing them is the best thing that can be done.
Thank you, I have written a follow up post.