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Cathay probes 'coffee threat' against Thaksin daughter

Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra file photo.
Image caption Mr Thaksin is a divisive figure in Thailand

Cathay Pacific is investigating reports that one of its attendants felt tempted to throw coffee at a daughter of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

The Thai cabin crew member posted on Facebook that Paetongtarn Shinawatra was "the daughter of my enemy", the South China Morning Post said.

The incident reportedly happened on a flight from Bangkok to Hong Kong.

Mr Thaksin lives abroad after being ousted in a coup in 2006, but remains a polarising figure in Thailand.

Paetongtarn is one of his three children.

The unnamed flight attendant, who has made no public comment, has been taken off duty for the time being.

According to the newspaper, her Facebook post said: "I never expected that [Paetongtarn] was on board today. I immediately told my flight manager I could not work knowing the daughter of my enemy was on the plane.

"I called my personal adviser asking if it would be all right to throw coffee at Paetongtarn, but was told that this could breach Hong Kong's laws.

Cathay Pacific says it has been investigating "allegations of misconduct" since last Friday.

"All staff are expected to strictly adhere to our privacy policies as well as the highest standards of customer service. Non-compliance is unacceptable," it said in a statement.

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