Passengers on board an easyJet flight earlier this week were forced to take up a collection to pay four people to get off the overweight plane, after being delayed for an hour and half after being told the plane was 300kg overweight.
The pilot of the flight, departing from Liverpool John Lennon Airport for Geneva, initially offered passengers compensation of £100 if they got off the plane and accepted an alternative flight, but nobody was willing to accept. A group of passengers keen to get off on their holidays had a whip-round and made the total up to £200 per person, which resulted in four people volunteering to leave the plane. According to reports, the other passengers on the plane then graciously took up another collection to compensate the group donating the extra £100 per person.
easyJet confirmed that the flight had been delayed due to "an exceptionally high proportion of male passengers and more hold luggage than usual." However, the budget airline also said that it was not its policy to allow passengers to take up a collection in such cases, although passengers on the plane insisted this had taken place.
"The whip-round certainly happened, I put two quid in. I saw other people throwing in fivers," said Simon Lay - a passenger on the plane. "It is ridiculous and embarrassing for easyJet. I was going on a skiing trip with friends and we paid more for the early flight so we could get some more skiing time in," he added.
For those looking for a more refined flying experience, the British Airways sale continues for another two days, giving travellers a great value service without the need to compromise on quality!