One unethical act often opens the floodgates to many, in in unexpected, and unexpectable ways. An ethics alarm failure triggers another, then another. But who would expect that an extramarital affair would cause a passenger plane to have to make an emergency landing, for example?
All the moe reason to keep those alarms in working order.
The distaff side of a couple on the way to a vacation in Bali on a Qatar Airways flight apparently had reason to be suspicious of her husband, so when he fell asleep, she oh-so-carefully manipulated his snoozing thumb to unlock his smartphone with its print, and did some snooping.
Ah HA! The bastard had been cheating on her!
So calmly, maturely, she began screaming and beating on her dastardly spouse so violently that the pilot had to divert the flight and land.
- Triggering unethical act: Marital infidelity.
1 to 10 Betrayal of Trust Scale score, with 1 being a forgivable lie and 10 being treason, I rate this an 8.
- Secondary unethical act: Appropriating the body of another while he is incapacitated, and doing so to invade his privacy. (No credit for discovering above triggering unethical act.. That’s consequentialism: the result of an act cannot retroactively justify the act.)
Betrayal of Trust Scale score: 6
- Culminating unethical act: Physical violence on a plane endangering innocent passengers, forcing the plane to land, inconveniencing many.
I don’t have a scale for that.
But it was the most unethical of all.
What a fun couple!