A flight attendant has been filmed pouring what appear to be the dregs of a Champagne flute back into a bottle.
The video, apparently taken in the business class cabin of an Emirates aircraft, was seemingly intended to showcase the luxury surroundings of Russian passenger Yevgeny Kayumov, who posted it to his Instagram, but the first few seconds inadvertently capture a member of the cabin crew decanting the ends of a glass into a bottle.
The short clip has gone viral with some commenters suggesting the airline was going to re-serve the Champagne to other passengers, or that the flight attendant intends to keep it for herself.
However, many responding on Reddit, where the video was re-posted, suggested that the flight attendant's actions were common practice, and it was how disposable liquids were supposed to be handled on flights.
One said: "I'm a flight attendant. I think what is going on here is that the attendant is probably pouring the unused champagne back in the bottle before take off to then dispose of once the plane takes off. We're not allowed to pour things out while we're on the ground. I bet they're pouring it all back in the bottle so they can then pour it out at cruising instead of dumping it all in the trash can making it all soggy before takeoff."
Another agreed: "I can corroborate this with my own anecdote. I asked a flight attendant on my last flight what they do if nobody takes the Champagne from them before takeoff, and he said they usually pour it into an empty container (I'm assuming bottle or something) and seal it for the flight."
One commenter asked his girlfriend, who is a flight attendant, who said that no flight attendant would risk stealing the ends of Champagne as you would be fired.
It is believed the Champagne was a glass not taken during the airline's pre-departure drink service.
However, Emirates itself has responded to say that what the video caught is not standard practice.
A spokesperson said: "Emirates always strives to provide the top quality service. Actions recorded on this video do not comply with our quality standards. We are currently investigating the incident."
One commenter on Reddit said he would never fly Emirates: "Because I'm poor, not because of whatever she's doing with the booze. Can I have that booze?"
The Telegraph, London
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