“Emirates neither supports nor condones animal cruelty,” said a spokeswoman. “We have launched a full investigation and we have provisionally suspended five employees while we prepare a critical event report.”
The incident happened minutes after the ethnically-mixed group of four female and one male employees agreed to gather in front of a softly-glowing orange light on Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road.
One blonde-haired air hostess could be heard taunting the kitten while the others laughed loudly.
“Go on fall, you little fluffy b*****d,” she said, in a YouTube video uploaded by a shocked passerby.
“You haven’t got a chance! Jump you b*****ks,” screamed an Asian air hostess at the juvenile feline.
“I am appalled by what I’ve seen in this video,” said animal rights campaigner Yvonne Rabin-Sinclair. “Any decent human being would have run to save the kitten instead of standing there sneering and wishing for it to fall.”
“Emirates strives for the highest ethical standards through a rigorous system of training and review,” said Middle East staff manager Michael Parkman when asked for comment. “Emirates offers bespoke real time air travel solutions to destinations throughout the world.”