Published on : Wednesday, April 27, 2016
EasyJet pilot played the perfect saviour for a holidaymaker who boarded the wrong flight from Manchester Airport with the wrong boarding pass. When the captain realised the mistake he still let him fly.
The passenger had tickets to Paphos, which was his correct destination but his plane had left earlier. The blunder happened at Manchester Airport on Sunday which meant that the young passenger could board a flight to Paphos on Sunday afternoon.
The man somehow was able to get through the gates with his boarding pass on flight EZY1973, due to depart 25 minutes later.
On realising the mistake the pilot came down the plane and spoke to the passenger. The pilot however allowed the passenger in his plane after a delay of 30 minutes.
It was later argued by the airport bosses that the security measures were very stringent and the man was fully screened. The passenger had in fact made a genuine mistake.
The co-passengers were shocked later when they learnt from the passenger about how he entered this flight. Some were disappointed with the security measures of the airline.
It was pointed out that security measures are lapse and “If a passenger can get on a plane with an invalid boarding card, how easy would it be for someone with more sinister motives to board the plane?”
An easyJet spokesman said: “easyJet can confirm that a passenger who inadvertently boarded flight EZY1973 from Manchester to Paphos instead of boarding an earlier flight to Paphos was permitted to travel on the flight by the captain as the flight he was originally booked on had already left its stand. The safety and security of its passengers and crew is easyJet’s highest priority.”
They claimed that the passenger had undergone all the security checks before being allowed in the flight. And the boarding of the aircraft is made only after passengers complete the security process. It is upon the discretion of the airlines to allow passengers in another flight in case they have missed the previous flight, they added.