Sir Richard Branson has come to the rescue of an 18-person hen party after their holiday plans were “ruined” when they were thrown off a Jet2 flight to Magaluf, Majorca, for wearing “offensive” t-shirts.
Jet2 staff kicked 35-year-old bride-to-be Emma Green and her 17 hens off a flight from East Midlands Airport last week for wearing t-shirts which read “B*****s on Tour.”
Police were called to the scene and the group was later forced to make other plans to get to the Spanish island, costing them a day of holiday as well as an extra £2,000, according to The Daily Mail.
Branson took to the Virgin Holidays website on Friday, saying: “I was shocked to hear that a group of 18 hard-working women were declined carriage on a Jet2 flight for wearing clothing some people may find mildly offensive.”
“Virgin Holidays is offering the group of ladies an upgraded hen party. We will provide 18 seats on the direct Virgin Atlantic service, and three nights’ accommodation at Tropicana in Las Vegas.”
He added: “Virgin Holidays has been welcoming hen’s parties since 1985 and we hope all 18 of these ladies have a brilliant time painting the town red in one of my favourite cities.”
Offering 18 hard-working women who were kicked off a flight an upgraded hen-do to Las Vegas https://t.co/3OpBlz3TYT @VirginAtlantic pic.twitter.com/XkGKbFjfLY
Green, a social worker from Leicester, is due to marry 44-year-old fiance Aaron Bateman in 11 weeks’ time on August 26. Following the ordeal, she told the Leicester Mercury: “Part of me doesn’t even want to get married now.”
“We are all professional women mainly in our late 30s and 40s. I work with mental health patients and I am not a trouble-maker. We did not deserve to be treated like we did and would have covered up on the plane if we were all asked to do so.”
Upon hearing the news of Branson’s offer, Green told the paper that she and her hens have been left “speechless.”
“I’ve gone from having the worst hen-do ever to what will surely end up being the best I could have ever imagined. I can’t thank Sir Richard enough — he’s a legend. I can finally have the hen party I’ve been dreaming of.”
Branson said that the story reminded him of when the company was taken to court for using the word “bollocks” in a record store window advert. The case was thrown out when a linguistics professor from Nottingham University testified on their behalf.
“Well, Never Mind The Bollocks, it’s your hen-do,” Branson said. “40 years since we released The Sex Pistols classic record, we want to help these ladies enjoy their hen do after they were kicked off their flight over a word on their t-shirts.”
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