first_imgAustralia’s budget airline Jetstar is facing allegations it is exploiting staff and compromising the safety of its passengers, a former flight attendant has revealed.Former Jetstar flight attendant Dallas Finn quit his job with the carrier just two months after employment due to his concerns over long shifts for cabin crew and staff’s inability to answer simple safety questions, the ABC reported.Mr Finn filed a report about fatigue after flying five return international flights over five days.“The majority of these flights were quite busy, I found that my sleeping patterns were drastically affected to the point of fatigue,” Mr Finn wrote in a report.“The Ho Chi Minh flight is between a 12 and 13 hour day, they would change the pilots over in Ho Chi Minh but the cabin crew would have to fly back,” he added.Mr Finn said his concerns arose after a recent flight experience he shared with fellow Singapore based staff, which during a pre-flight briefing were incapable of answering emergency procedural and a medical questions. “It was the first time I’ve actually been scared of flying because if something went down I didn’t actually know if that crew would be able to back me up,” Mr Finn said.Despite the allegations, the airline maintains it has rigorous safety standards.The ABC reported further concerns that Jetstar’s Singapore based crew are not receiving the same protection as Australian crew by requiring Singapore-based staff to work shifts longer than 20 hours.Mr Finn said Jetstar is exploiting foreign based workers.“I think they are abusing the situation with the working rights, they are going under Singaporean law and Thai law however they are flying above our skies.” According to a Jetstar representative, overseas contracts reflect local market conditions. Jetstar Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img

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