Lion Air pilot grounded over hotel clerk attack

JAKARTA: A pilot for Indonesia’s Lion Air who beat up a hotel clerk because he was unhappy with how his uniform was ironed has been grounded, the airline said.

CCTV footage posted to Facebook, and since viewed over a million times, shows the unhappy pilot walking behind the reception desk where he appeared to complain about his shirt before striking the employee in the head several times before being led away by another man.

The budget airline said the pilot was suspended following the April 30 incident at a hotel in the city of Surabaya.

“Lion Air is gathering information needed for a probe,” company spokesman Danang Mandala Prihantoro said in a statement.

“If the pilot is found guilty, Lion Air will apply firm sanctions by dismissing him.”

The video is the latest piece of bad publicity for South-East Asia’s biggest airline, which has suffered from a spotty safety record and an avalanche of complaints over shoddy service. — AFP