EasyJet investigates Arabic graffiti
Artists redition of a projuct with the Airbus A380 – It is not yet in service. (Yan Baczkowski)
EasyJet is investigating Arabic graffiti found on the fuel tank covers of four planes in France.
Airline staff were informed after the discovery of ‘four aircraft in France with written inscriptions on the inside of the fuel panel, and toilet door in Arabic script.’
Arabic graffiti was also found on a Vueling plane.
Three of the aircraft were found in Lyon and two at Charles de Gaulle, reports AFP news agency.
It added that the words ‘Allah Akbar’ were found on one plane at Charles de Gaulle airport.
The discovery came as it was reported that the security passes of 86,000 workers at Charles de Gaulle airport will be reviewed after 57 employees with access to aircraft were found to be on a terror watch list.
A spokeswoman for easyJet said that none of the graffiti was making threats and that it was not considered to be a security related issue.
She said: “EasyJet assessed this issue, each time working in full consultation with the authorities, and is entirely satisfied it is nothing more than graffiti.
“EasyJet takes very seriously any security related issue and would not operate a flight unless we are entirely satisfied it is completely safe to do so.
“EasyJet operates its fleet of aircraft in full compliance with all regulations. The safety and security of its passengers and crews is always easyJet’s highest priority.”
The airline said that crew and pilots are all involved in security checks of an aircraft and would not board unless they were completely satisfied that it was safe to do so.
Monday, November 30, 2015