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EasyJet’s Backless Seat Goes Viral

EasyJet’s Backless Seat Goes Viral
Jackie Reddy

A photo showing an EasyJet passenger sitting on a backless seat on a service from London to Geneva has gone viral. The photo has received a lot of attention, but the airline has been quick to clarify that “no passengers were permitted to sit in these seats as they were inoperative awaiting repair.”

A photo showing an EasyJet passenger sitting on a backless seat on a flight from London to Geneva has gone viral, The Independent reports. The photo, which was allegedly taken on EasyJet Flight 22051 earlier this week, was shared on Twitter by passenger Matthew Harris on Tuesday.

In a post accompanying the image, which was taken by his partner, Harris wrote, “EasyJet beats Ryanair to have backless seats…How can this be allowed.”

Following his post, there was an exchange of communication between Harris and the airline and, at one point, the carrier asked him to remove the image and contact them with a further description of the incident. Harris, however, refused to do so.

While the image attracted plenty of attention, the outlet reached out to the carrier to clarify the circumstances in which the photo was taken. EasyJet explained to the paper that, “no passengers were permitted to sit in these seats as they were inoperative awaiting repair. Safety is our highest priority and EasyJet operates its fleet of aircraft in strict compliance with all safety guidelines.

[Image: Twitter]

View Comments (14)


  1. stevethornton

    August 7, 2019 at 4:24 am

    “no passengers were permitted to sit in these seats”

    Two points:
    1 – “These seats” – just how many did they have?
    2 – It looks to me that someone was permitted to sit on one of the backless seats.

  2. tigertanaka

    August 7, 2019 at 4:29 am

    1) Headline should be “Easyjet’s Backless Seat Goes Viral” not “Ryanair’s Backless Seat Goes Viral”.

    2) Guy who tweeted this is clearly desperate for some attention. This tweet (and a subsequent one) clearly implied that this was being used as a proper seat. Hours later he clarified that his wife took the picture and the passenger did not sit in the seat for any part of the flight but then questioned the safety of the aircraft!

  3. Mike Rivers

    August 7, 2019 at 4:31 am

    Was the passenger actually assigned a seat that was out of service due to repair? Or did someone who didn’t the assigned seat and moved to the vacant but backless seat after boarding or while in flight? Did an airline employee re-seat the passenger?

    A picture may be worth a thousand words to a publisher (or in this case a Tweeter) but sometimes many of those words are made up by the viewer.

  4. gwynedd_gal

    August 7, 2019 at 4:46 am

    Completely in violation of airline safety regulations. The fact the plane took off with a defective seat AND a passenger in it is astonishing.

  5. Buzzz

    August 7, 2019 at 7:48 am

    Gwynedd_gal: From whence comes your assumption that the plane took off with a passenger in the defective seat? This is so unlikely as to be laughable.

    Somehow, in this era of social media, we must develop a convention that moderates presumption. The number of memes that are posted, with no explanation or back story, in order to gain attention or produce outrage almost seem to be exceeding the straightforward news pieces.

  6. milepig

    August 7, 2019 at 7:54 am


    Did you read the posting or the comments? The plane DID NOT take off with a passenger in that seat. It went out empty

  7. robsaw

    August 7, 2019 at 8:13 am

    I see from some comments that the original twitter poster succeeded in getting his few seconds of fame for a baseless implication that airline safety was compromised. The seat was not in-service and the passenger in the photo was only seated there momentarily.

  8. donna538

    August 7, 2019 at 9:02 am

    OK, they say no one was allowed to sit in that seat? Well, someone is sitting in that seat!

  9. glob99

    August 7, 2019 at 9:41 am

    The lack of a tray table is the real horror!

  10. danM

    August 7, 2019 at 10:11 am

    It would have been astonishing if the plane took off with a passenger in that seat, but it didn’t…

  11. RoamingGeek


    August 7, 2019 at 11:18 am

    This is a classic example of clickbait going viral when what actually happened is nothing that is suggested in the clickbait title.

  12. thesaints

    August 7, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Coming next: The seatless seat. Stand, or lie on the floor at your choice (laying on the floor subject to an additional charge).

    Subject to FAA approval: The planeless seat. Remain in the comfort of your own home at a competitive price ! Although alcoholic drinks might be available depending on route/time of the day, please remember that passengers are only allowed to consume drinks served by a FA.

  13. CEB

    August 7, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    Typical Reddy trash. Totally useless click bait. Wish I knew it was Reddy posting before clicking on the link, wouldn’t bother as I have not seen anything worthwhile from her in more than a year!

  14. Gizzabreak

    August 8, 2019 at 12:05 am

    Backless seat … but what about the missing ‘bit’? Maybe it was ‘borrowed’ by marketing for a revolutionary, new, ‘seatless back class’ advertising campaign?

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