Airline passengers have been left miffed after a video of staff taking time off the job to film social media content went viral.
Popular Sydney DJ Dave Winnel shared the video on TikTok and immediately caused a stir online.
“Why’s my bag taking so long,” he said.
The caption “Airports: We don’t have enough staff …” was plastered across the clip, showing five cleaning staff dancing in front a phone resting on a truck below the terminal.
Winnel quickly clarified his joke after he was informed they were not baggage handlers, but cleaners.
“I know these peeps aren’t baggage handlers and I’m glad they’re having fun at work! Just a fun joke! Chill everyone! Much love,” he said
The video attracted hundreds of comments laying into the “Gen Z” behaviour, claiming the clip was indicative of why “there are shortages of everything”.
Others joked the staff members likely used to work in construction.
“Ah, Gen Z,” one user wrote. “Now we know why we have shortages on everything,”
“TikTok has single-handedly destroyed work ethic,’ griped another TikTok user.
“We all enjoy TikTok hence why we are watching it now, but to be filming them when you should be working,” another commented.
However, a number of former airport workers came to the workers’ defence, saying everyone needed to blow off steam on the job once in a while.
“As someone who has worked at Manchester airport, these times are extremely stressful and we’re verbally abused, and underpaid. I hope they had fun,” one wrote.
“I used to work at the airport, they are cleaners probably waiting for the passengers to get off the plane so they can clean,’ one guessed, a role which pays around $23 and hour on average.”
In recent weeks there have been massive delays at airports, with passengers also struggling to get back their luggage after landing.
Qantas senior executives and managers are stepping down from their usual roles to pitch in as ground handlers.
The shake-up is part of an extraordinary contingency program expected to last three months and help the airline get back on its feet before the busy summer holiday period.
While the airline has rehired close to 2000 staff after letting about 1700 ground handlers go during the pandemic, it has struggled to stay on top of baggage, flight delays and cancellations.
Chief operating officer Colin Hughes told staff that during the contingency program, they would be an “embedded resource within the ground handling partners”.
Originally published as Airport video of runway staff filming social media clip enrages frustrated passengers
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