UK budget carrier Jet2.com has given a passenger a lifetime ban for baring a tattoo of a Pinocchio penis on one of its flights. Thomas Washington is a 22-year-old from Grimsby and was one of a party of 23 who flew to Majorca on 1 May.
The group boarded the flight at the UK’s East Midlands Airport and were all dressed as airline hostesses. Shortly after takeoff, while genuine cabin crew were giving the standard safety demonstration, Washington decided to help out by waving a sex-toy around.
As the man himself put it, as he stood up his tight-fitting stewardess’s jacket popped open exposing his bra and the offending comedy tattoo. Washington labelled the incident as just a bit of a laugh whereas Jet2.com saw it in a completely different light.
A senior member of the cabin crew told Washington that he would not be permitted to fly back from Majorca to East Midlands with Jet2.com and needed to make alternative arrangements. He said he was forced into buying another ticket and his mates all chipped in for the £130 cost of it.
A Jet2.com spokesperson this week confirmed the ban and stated that passenger Thomas Washington had indecently exposed himself on a flight to Majorca. He noted that the airline had filed a complaint over the incident with Leicestershire police.
CEO Steve Heapy stated that Jet2.com was a family airline and would not put up with any behaviour that was deemed offensive. He continued by saying that millions of families flew with the airline each year and they should be able to enjoy relaxing journeys without stress. He reiterated that Jet2.com would act against disruptive passengers who upset the status quo.