Perhaps Dr. Enrique Carcamo Zea thought he was being funny when he allegedly removed his surgical mask and aggressively coughed at an Avianca airlines worker during the boarding process on flight 8576 earlier this week from El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá to the northeastern city of Valledupar. But now the epidemiologist (of all things!), surgeon & anaesthesiologist finds himself under investigation by Colombia’s Prosecutor General. Possible charges include “violation of sanitary measures,” that under Colombian criminal code, brings charges of between 1 & 8 years in prison. See for yourself it his actions warrant charges:
Miren este video. Esto no es chistoso. Estos son momentos en que debemos tener humanidad, generosidad y pensar en todos. Muy mal pic.twitter.com/DZyVRFaMeA
— Luis Carlos Vélez 🌎 (@lcvelez) March 18, 2020
After the incident, the man was denied boarding. The captured video of the incident caused widespread indignation in Colombia. A former employer, Gastromedicali, issued a press release denouncing the doctor’s behavior and insisting that he has not worked at that institution for two years and seven months.
As expected, flight attendants are indignant about the incident and seem to have been conducting their own research. Finance Colombia will continue to monitor the case for developments.
Does this warrant criminal charges? How would you react if you were the flight attendant he coughed on? Comments below.
Headline image from Facebook post: Flight Attendants News – TCP’s Noticias