EasyJet passenger says cabin crew forced aborted landing because they were 'mucking about'

An easyJet passenger claimed her flight from Tenerife to London's Gatwick Airport was delayed due to cabin crew mucking around. Photo / 123Rf
An easyJet passenger claimed her flight from Tenerife to London's Gatwick Airport was delayed due to cabin crew mucking around. Photo / 123Rf

An easyJet passenger has claimed her flight home last Friday was forced to abort landing as cabin crew members were too busy "having a party".

The woman, who did not want to be named, told the Sun Online the cabin manager was eating in the galley, warming up croissants and looking at pictures on her phone.

When the four-hour flight from Spain's Canary Islands was due to land at London's Gatwick Airport, she said the pilot announced the arrival would be delayed.

"It was unbelievable — like something out of a Carry On film," she told The Sun.

"They had spent the whole flight chatting and showing each other photos on their phones. Especially the cabin manager — she was unbelievable, she did not do an ounce of work."

She said the cabin crew appeared to be "having a party amongst themselves".

"When the pilot announced 15 minutes to landing they were all running about like headless chickens, trying to prepare the cabin."

The passenger said the experience was like something out of the British low-budget Carry On film franchise. Photo / Getty Images
The passenger said the experience was like something out of the British low-budget Carry On film franchise. Photo / Getty Images

After the announcement, passengers were concerned there was something wrong with the plane and the pilot was forced to admit it was because the cabin crew were not ready, she said.

"They obviously hadn't finished all their checks in time. They were still standing up when it came into land."

The flight eventually landed late on Friday evening.

However, the shocked mother said she would never fly with the budget UK airline ever again, as the experience had frightened her "already-terrified-of-flying eight-year-old".

While one flight attendant had been "trying her best", she said the rest were so disorganised they didn't realise her 6-year-old son — who is disabled — and his wheelchair were on board.

EasyJet confirmed to The Sun that flight EZY8706 from Tenerife to London Gatwick had performed a routine "go-around" as the cabin was not secured on time, but that the safety of passengers was not compromised.

- nzherald.co.nz

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