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Selfless SriLankan staff stigmatised?

The employees of SriLankan Airlines are enduring social stigma with the outbreak of Covid-19 as the public has begun to steer clear of them due to concerns they are infected with Covid-19, The Sunday Morning learnt.

Airline employees, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Sunday Morning that the laundry company contracted with SriLankan Airlines to launder uniforms of cabin crew members has stopped accepting their uniforms due to the fear of contracting the virus, while taxi companies have refused to transport airline staff.

Furthermore, the two officials who flew to Wuhan recently to rescue a group of Sri Lankans had been rejected by a hotel when they went to check-in, The Sunday Morning learnt, while even the children of SriLankan employees have been stigmatised. When The Sunday Morning contacted one of the crew members who flew to Wuhan, he admitted that there were such issues, but refused to divulge details.

However, SriLankan Airlines Chairman Ashok Pathirage, when contacted, said there were only minor issues and have now been sorted out.