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 pilot, identified as Michel Castellucci by The Sun, took photos and video of his colleague interacting with animated characters and posted them on social media. He also took selfies using the app’s filters and posted them online.
According to reports, Castellucci filmed these videos “at 30,000 feet” during a flight from Paris to Madrid, the BBC reports.
After posting the recordings, the pilot received harsh feedback by followers calling him “unprofessional” and saying the act was “dangerous” and “sends the wrong message.”
EasyJet was contacted by concerned passengers about the pilot’s stunt.
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."
Castellucci has since deleted all of his social media accounts.