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China stewardesses hazed by airline security officers

Excerpt: BEIJING: Photos showing Chinese stewardesses stuffed into an airplane’s luggage compartment by security officers has sparked widespread condemnation, media reports said on Tuesday.

The photos were posted online from a personal account of Weibo account, China’s twitter-like social networking platform, People’s Daily reported. The stewardesses were from Yunnan province-based domestic carrier, Kunming Airlines.

The post said attendants were forced to be carried into the luggage rack by the security officer of the airplane. The practice, which was called a tradition by the officers, has been conducted for four or five years. These stewardesses were reluctant to do it but still lifted to the rack due to the concerns of being not cooperative with their colleagues.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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