A pair of Austral Lineas pilots were fired. The pilots’ misdeed? They allowed centerfold Victoria Xipolitakis to fly the friendly skies. Who, you ask? The name matters little; the issue here is that these two ogling chumps, unbeknownst to the plane’s 36 non-Playboy model passengers, enthusiastically granted this bosomy babe access to the cockpit and flight controls. Heads rolled, and the two men now find themselves out of job – with plenty of time to gawp up online pics of their honorary Playboy co-pilot.
Writes KFOR-TV: “Two Argentinian pilots have been fired after videos of a Playboy model in the cockpit were leaked. Model Victoria Xipolitakis, who has posed for the Greek edition of Playboy magazine, recorded six videos of herself and the pilots in the cockpit.”
Austral Líneas Aéreas, the airline that employed the two men, issued a statement:
“The company confirms its continuing commitment to safety and the respect for operational and safety policies and protocols,” the airline said. “The behavior of the pilots, also rejected by their professional association, is totally opposed to the operational safety culture of Austral Líneas Aéreas.”
In other words, when flying at 35,000 feet, think with your northernmost head. I know it’s a ‘cock’pit but really?
Xipolitakis, 29, bragged about her “flying lessons” in a series of social media posts, and said she was allowed to stay in the cockpit for the duration of the flight from Buenos Aires to Rosario in central Argentina.
She shared her pics with her nearly 400K Twitter followers, some of whom recognized her irresponsible actions, even if the cleavage rubbernecking pilots didn’t.
“Completely irresponsible! Why play with the lives of so many people, and the work of these guys!” wrote one follower.
The airline agreed. In addition to relieving the two pilots of their wings, Xipolitakis has been banned from the airline for five years.
“Legal actions will be issued against the above mentioned and also against the passenger involved for putting the flight’s security at risk,” the airline said.
Here is spanish video of the takeoff and landing. The spanish model briefly flies the plane during takeoff, while the two pilots are all smiles.
Victoria initially appeared to be sorry that her assets caused such a stink. She wrote: “I sincerely and wholeheartedly did not imagine I could cause this much damage. With respect to the extraordinary flight, being there was an unforgettable and beautiful experience, I never thought there would be this much fuss.”
Xipolitakis has since decided that SHE was the one taken advantage of, and is suing the airline for sexual harassment.
So what are your thoughts? Do you agree with the fact these two Austral Lineas pilots were fired?