A plane bound for Newcastle Airport was delayed when it was partially dismantled today because a mobile phone was accidentally dropped down an air vent. The aircraft had just landed in Murcia in Spain when the incident occurred.
Unfortunately the mobile phone had been switched on so airline management refused to let the aircraft takeoff until the device had been located and removed. This involved partially dismantling the front row of seats and cockpit area.
A Jet2 spokesman said:
“We always operate to the highest standards of safety and care and whilst it was no doubt inconvenient that people had to wait for us to retrieve the phone, any mobile or similar communications device that is switched on would need to be removed from the aircraft in order to ensure maximum safety for our passengers… We would like to remind all those travelling by air not to switch their phones on until they reach the airport terminal.”