Ryanair has dismissed six members of the cabin crew after a photo of them fell asleep on the floor of a Spanish airport.
The Irish low-cost airline has been criticized after the image it believes has been staged in social media.
It showed crew members lying side by side on the floor of Malaga airport on the Costa del Sol on 14 October after four Ryanair aircraft destined for Porto (Portugal) were diverted to Malaga during Leslie storm.
The staff took the "protest photo" after allegedly having only eight seats left for the night.
Ryanair has argued that the image was actually staged and the crew members spent only a short time in the crew room.
The company's official Twitter page also shared CCTV footage of crewmembers who arrange to pose on the floor and pose for the sleeping photo.
A Ryanair spokeswoman confirmed to Sky News that all six workers were fired.
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She said: "All six cabin crew members in Porto were fired on Monday, November 5 for breach of contract for gross misconduct after staging a fake photo to support a false claim (which was widely reported in international media) that they forced to sleep on the floor of the Malaga crew room, a behavior that damaged the employer's reputation and caused an irreparable breach of trust in these six people. "
The SNPVAC union, which represents Portuguese aircrews, claimed that 24 crew members of Ryanair were forced to spend the night on the airport floor without access to food or water.
The union posted the picture in the Facebook group "Ryanair MUST change".
"This is the crew of Porto who got stranded on the floor of the Malaga team room last night and were diverted because of the storm and the company left them there," reads the caption.
SNPVAC added in a statement on Facebook that the crew had been "left without the minimum legal requirements for suitable accommodation, without access to food or drink and with only one seat for 1/3 of the people there".
She added, "Although the Málaga region offers at least 540 hotels with more than 85,000 beds, Ryanair was unable to find accommodation.
"Ryanair was the only company that could not provide suitable accommodation for its customers and employees.
"The stranded crew made a photo in protest that became instantly viral, putting it on the floor was the only way to rest, their & # 39; suitable shelter & # 39 ;."
Social media users continued to criticize Ryanair after the video exhibition.
Twitter user Jim Atkinson said, "Everyone knew that it was a protest picture that drove you crazy! The fact remains: They stranded FOUR CREWS in an airport terminal for the night and made no apparent effort to give them the right accommodation or even To find food and water! "
Another user, Steve Lemmens, said, "If you had provided the crew for a hotel accommodation, you would not have to do such things." It's a pity, Ryanair. "