In a video posted by Russian passenger Yevgeny Kayumov, an air hostess can be seen emptying a glass into a bottle. The video was originally posted on Instagram and instantly went viral. Reportedly, the passenger tagged the airline in his caption and asked, “Is that normal practice Emirates?”
Social media erupted with discussion, wondering what was happening in the video. Was the air hostess pouring unused champagne back into the bottle? Many were quick to denounce the airline.
However, on a Reddit thread discussing this video, a user who claims to be a flight attendant provided a contrarian view.
“Hey, I'm a flight attendant. What I think is going on here is that the attendant is probably pouring the unused champagne back in the bottle before take off to then dispose off once the plane takes off. We're not allowed to pour things out while we're on the ground. I bet they're pouring it all back in the bottle so they can then pour it out at cruising instead of dumping it all in the trash can making it all soggy before takeoff... I could be wrong but realistically that's probably what's going on. Being a flight attendant is all about efficiency and consolidating haha,” she wrote.
The original Instagram post has been deleted now.