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Bubble bursts for Thai soap opera
fictional aircrew fighting
The producers promise there will be no more scenes like this
The makers of a sexy Thai television soap opera have apologised to aircrew who say it demeans them, and have promised to tone it down.

"The Air Hostess War" details love rivalries and jealousies among the crew of a fictional airline.

After an outburst of protest, the programme makers have now promised longer skirts and no more "catfights".

But they ruled out cancelling the show, as flight attendants had demanded in an official complaint to the government.

Even my own child looks down on me for having such a shameful career
Benjamas Pooklomtuan
Thai Airways flight attendant

At the centre of the series is an affair between a married pilot and one of the stewardesses on his plane.

The shows began airing last week and are said to have enthralled viewers.

But they provoked outrage among flight crews and their union.


"Even my own child looks down on me for having such a shameful career," one flight attendant with Thai Airways, Benjamas Pooklomtuan, said.

"I don't know what to say to her."

And a union official, Noppadol Thaungthong, complained: "It's all about sex and air hostesses beating each other up in the cabin because of love and jealousy.

"This kind of thing never happens."

If the programme makers, Exact, are to be believed, it will be happening a lot less on screen from now on.

"There won't be any more catfight scenes between flight attendants while they are on duty or in uniform in public," managing director Tokankiet Viravan told journalists in Bangkok.

He added: "The skirts our actresses wear are not shorter than those worn by hostesses at other international airlines. But we will make our skirts longer."

The Thai government says it plans to bring all sides together later in the week to resolve disagreements.

In the meantime, the show's director, Nipon Pewnen, apologised for all the fuss.

"I would just like to say that we don't have any intention of causing trouble," he said.

"We just want to entertain our viewers."

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