As MEA pilots hit the ground protesting, ground crew employed by the airline should take heed of this press release issued last week:

[French firm] IER has been awarded by Middle East Airlines – MEA, the supply self-check-in platforms to be deployed in the three coming months at Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport.

With the self-check-in kiosks coming online, how many frowned-face ground crew does Middle East Airlines need on their payroll? Maybe then, they can give their pilots:

….42 days of holiday instead of 30….no “upper ceilings” on salaries….starting salaries between $5,000-$7,000 per month….

Replacing frown-face check-in counter employees soon

Replacing frowned-face check-in counter employees soon

Update – July 3, 2010: Blog Baladi has confirmed that the kiosks have been installed; though there are questions whether they actually work properly.