The heyday of glamorous air travel may be over, but no one told 22-going-on-13-year-old Tom Washington, who apparently went all out for his Jet2 flight en route to vacation in Majorca, dressing up as a female flight attendant (alongside 22 of his closest friends, who did the same). And all was going well—until the Pinocchio tattoo reared its ugly head. Via Nothing to do with Arbroath:
There were 23 of us altogether and we all met at East Midlands airport,” he said. “We got up in the early hours to do our make-up and hair like any presentable woman. We were all excited and sober at this point, and we got on to the plane with barrels of laughter from pretty much everyone – the airport staff and members of the public. We got to our seats on the plane for the safety induction.
“I got up but because my jacket was too tight, it exposed my chest which I had covered with a bra. I then proceeded to ‘help’ the cabin staff with the talk using a sex toy. There were some old men on the plane as well and they were a laugh.The lads mentioned I had a tattoo of Pinocchio, which I showed them, and that was the point where the manager took my passport.”
Following the incident, Tom was told that he would be unable to board the return flight. In order to get him back home, his friends all chipped in to raise £130 to bring him back home on a different airline.
Jet2 apparently came down hard on Washington and his x-rated interpretation of the beloved children’s book character tattoo, even trying to get him arrested because the “indecent exposure” aspect was “offensive” to other travelers.
“We carry millions of families every year so this disgusting behaviour will not be tolerated. It is totally unacceptable,” the airline reportedly said in a statement. “We pride ourselves on giving our customers a friendly and relaxing flight experience so we will take action against anyone who causes offence and disruption to our crew and passengers.”
Fair enough, but whatever dude.