According to reports, a rude Qatar Airlines executive forwarded the entire company an image of one of his employees passed-out drunk this weekend.

The security camera screenshot was allegedly sent out by vice president Rossen Dimitrov, who also typed up a smarmy note about the woman, who was apparently based at the company's headquarters in Qatar, where drinking is legal for non-Muslims, but frowned on by many.

The airline reportedly confirmed the email was real and defended the exec's reply-all tactic as making effective use of a teachable moment.

"The email was sent to impress on our cabin crew that, to make their working environment as good as it can be, while still respecting the norms and values of the Qatari society in which we work, everyone has a part to play.

"In Doha, the consumption of alcohol is not permitted for nationals and, although drinking is permitted for foreigners, being seen to be drunk would be considered highly disrespectful - it would have negative implications for both the individual and those associated with them."

The spokesperson added: "In this particular case, the individual concerned was found in a state of incapacity by the entrance of a Qatar Airways staff building.

"The vast majority of our cabin crew would themselves be disappointed at the idea that one of their colleagues should get into this situation, since they share our pride in the reputation of our team, and they would also, as we are, be very concerned about the safety implications for someone in this position."

A spokesperson claims the matter is under investigation.

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