The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism has reprimanded Japan Airlines (JAL) after a pilot took a selfie photo of himself with a female flight attendant sitting in the co-pilot's seat during a flight.
According to JAL officials, the incident occurred at around 7:50 a.m. on June 7 while the plane was en route from New Chitose Airport to Osaka-Itami Airport.
Ten minutes after takeoff, the 32-year-old co-pilot went to the toilet. The flight attendant, 28, entered the cockpit under the new rule that says there must be two people in the cockpit at all times.
The Boeing 737 was at 3,000 meters and still climbing to cruising altitude and had been set to autopilot, JAL said.
The 47-year-old pilot of the aircraft told the flight attendant to sit in the co-pilot's seat and pose with him for a selfie, which he took with his smartphone, Fuji TV reported Saturday. The flight attendant reported the incident to company officials.
JAL said Friday it has suspended the pilot -- who has been a captain for just over nine years -- from flying for breaking regulations by not paying attention to the controls.© Japan Today