Ryanair launches probe

Ryanair launches probe after pilot is filmed operating plane’s throttle with a RUBBER CHICKEN as passengers boarded flight in Birmingham

  • The Ryanair pilots were filmed operating the throttle lever with a rubber chicken 
  • Pair were sitting inside cockpit of parked Boeing 737-800 at Birmingham Airport
  • Ryanair has said it is investigating the matter but the pilots did not pose a risk

Ryanair bosses are investigating two of their pilots who were filmed using a rubber chicken to operate the throttle lever of an aircraft.

The budget airline, which recently announced that it would be ramping up its flights from July  1, has criticised the ‘unprofessional’ conduct of the two members of staff after footage emerged of the pair inside the cockpit of the parked aircraft.

The scenes, which were filmed at Birmingham Airport, showed the highly-skilled pilots playing with the toy inside the Boeing 737-800 prior to their flight to Pisa in Italy, according to The Sun.

One of the pilots holds up the rubber chicken as he sits inside the Boeing 737-800 at Birmingham Airport

One of the pilots holds up the rubber chicken as he sits inside the Boeing 737-800 at Birmingham Airport

However the airline company has since confirmed that while they were investigating the matter, the actions of the pilots did not pose a risk and safety was never compromised. 

During the clip, which has been see by The Sun, one pilot is seen squeezing the rubber toy and using it to push the lever on the aircraft forward as passengers board the flight.

Another image shows one of the pilot’s sticking his tongue out as he stares into the camera.

Meanwhile another image shows rosary beads hanging from one of the lever’s inside the cockpit.     

A source told The Sun: ‘Fancy using a rubber chicken toy to move the instruments before take-off. 

‘This is so unprofessional and makes me worry what else is going on in the cockpit. This is a terrible look for Ryanair.’ 

The member of staff uses the rubber toy to push the throttle lever while inside the cockpit of the parked aircraft

The member of staff uses the rubber toy to push the throttle lever while inside the cockpit of the parked aircraft

Ryanair has confirmed that while they were investigating the matter, the actions of the pilots did not pose a risk. (Stock image)

Ryanair has confirmed that while they were investigating the matter, the actions of the pilots did not pose a risk. (Stock image)

A Ryanair spokesperson said: ‘These pictures and video show crew on the ground in a parked aircraft.

‘While the images are unprofessional, the actions in them posed no risk and safety was never compromised.

‘We encourage our crew to enjoy their work, however, we expect them to remain professional at all times and we are investigating the matter further.’

The scenes come as Ryanair, which grounded most its flights until ‘at least July’, gears up to increase its flights to 40 per cent of its normal schedule to ‘key holiday airports’ in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece and Cyprus.

The company has also launched a sale for flights in July and August with one-way fares starting from 29.99 euro (£26.71) in a bid to kick-start demand for travel amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

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