EasyJet pilot suspended for using Snapchat during flight
A captain for budget airliner EasyJet has been suspended after posting photos of his co-pilot and himself goofing off in the cockpit mid-flight.
The sun reports that Mr Castellucci, who is regularly in charge of jets to and from London, shared the film on social media, adding the caption: “Dancing first officer in cruise doing paperwork.”
His cockpit dance video had been viewed 6,325 times last night, just hours after it was posted. Comments were mixed, with one viewer stating: “So this is what pilots do when they’re bored.” In response to another caption reading “Dancing in the cockpit” a viewer responded: “Too much fun in the cockpit.” Snapchat users can superimpose their chosen avatar on to any environment seen via the app’s camera.
A spokeswoman for EasyJet told BBC that the passengers were not in danger, but said the pilot acted inappropriately.
“Whilst at no point was the safety of the passengers compromised, this falls well short of the high standards EasyJet expects of its pilots,” she said. “It is not acceptable and is not representative of the thousands of highly professional pilots who work for the airline. We take this issue seriously and, as such, the pilots have been suspended (in line with our procedures) pending a disciplinary investigation.”
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