Jet2 pull plane apart to find passenger's mobile phone
You know that bit on aeroplanes where they insist that you switch off your mobile phone before take off? The bit that has us all sullenly muttering: ‘Bugger off; what harm can it REALLY do? All that stuff about interfering with the controls is just a big bunch of old bollocks…’
Well the airlines must be perpetuating the most elaborate lie on the planet then. Turns out there could be something in it after all. Because if a switched-on mobile got lost on a plane, an airline wouldn’t bother to dismantle part of said plane in order to get it back if it wasn’t important, would they?
Hmm… well that’s precisely what Jet2 staff did recently when a passenger dropped their phone into an air vent ahead of take off on a Newcastle-bound flight from Murcia. The cockpit area and front row of seats were pulled apart, leading to a three-hour delay while the phone was retrieved and turned off, in case it interfered with the plane’s control and diverted the metal sky bird straight into the heart of the sun.
Of course, we assume they would have done the same thing for the passenger who had lost their phone when it had already been switched off. They would, wouldn't they?
Later, a Jet2 spokesdroid did an apology and said something about safety before reiterating some stuff about mobile phones on planes. Just once, we’d love it if they communicated with us with sock puppets or via an ancient and outmoded form of Chinese folk dance. They never do though. They never, ever do.