SriLankan crew members have been subjected to discrimination, distress and embarrassment on social media, the airline said today, appealing for the country to show respect for airline employees who have gone “above and beyond their call of duty”.

According to SriLankan:

“Many social media posts have appeared over the past few days discriminating SriLankan Airlines staff in connection with COVID-19 infection. It is extremely unfortunate that these posts have subjected the airlines’ staff and their immediate families to discrimination, distress and embarrassment at public places such as hotels, schools and hospitals.”
A train in Ella, Sri Lanka

The company urged members of the public to share social media content responsibly and to refrain from posting or sharing content that may discriminate, distress or demotivate the airlines’ staff, who it said are “fulfilling a much-required national mission.”

As the designated national airline, SriLankan said it is considered an essential service for the people of Sri Lanka, even at a time where there is risk to health and personal safety.

Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

Summing up

At the weekend, we reported how Air India employees were receiving similar abuse. It certainly sounds like a very difficult time to be an airline employee.

Have you faced discrimination or harassment relating to your work and the spread of coronavirus?