A Miami woman was recently jailed for flipping off a judge. Now it's Tatiana Kozlenko's turn. The air hostess who worked for Russian airline Aeroflot posted a picture to social networking site Vkontakte that quickly went viral on Twitter.
The offending image appears to show Kozlenko's arm giving the finger to a cabin full of passengers.
When news of the image reached Aeroflot bosses the air hostess was fired. According to the Daily Mail, the following announcement was posted on Twitter: "Posting this photo shows Tatiana's attitude towards passengers and her duties. She acknowledged her fault when she spoke to her managers."
Kozlenko went on to claim that it wasn't her arm or even her airplane and that her only crime was tagging herself in the picture.
"I don't consider myself guilty! The photo was added to my page, I only tagged myself on it!!! The hand isn't mine, the plane is not my company's!!! I don't understand what they spoil my life for!!! I'm asking you for help and support!!" she said on her Vkontakte page, according to the Daily Mail.
Her plea was heard and after an overwhelming show of support from around the world, Kozlenko was re-hired on a six month probation.
"General Director Vitaly Savelyev has decided to take the girl back to Aeroflot. Hopefully, passengers will accept it with understanding,' said Aeroflot spokesman Andrei Sogrin.
"The girl was desperate to come back to work. She was able to prove her sincerity and professional viability. Of course she pleaded guilty, and understood that such things are not allowed" quotes the Daily Mail.
Kozlenko has since deleted her Vkontakte site.
- Fairfax NZ News/stuff.co.nz