An air stewardess who released a champagne cork into a plane's ceiling inadvertently caused a seven hour delay for passengers after the aircraft was forced to ground, according to reports.
The flight from Britain to Turkey had to be diverted after a hard-hitting cork damaged the ceiling and caused oxygen masks to drop around the ears of startled passengers at the back of the plane.
Grounding off-route in Milan, the easyJet flight left many passengers frustrated by the serious impact of an apparently tiny object.
"All that hassle, delay and money wasted by easyJet - all over a champagne cork," one passenger told The Sun. "No one on the flight could believe it and people I have spoken to have found it hilarious.”
A stewardess on the plane, which was travelling from Gatwick to the stunning coastal area of Dalaman, apparently accidentally fired the cork into the ceiling whilst opening a bottle for two passengers.
Airline food across the classes
Airline food across the classes
1/6 Virgin Upper Class
Clockwise from top right: Salted butter, malted wheat and oat roll, glass of Gardet Brut Premiere Cru Champagne
Thai beef salad, seared sirloin beef, dressed with a sweet chilli, lime and ginger dressing and crumbed roasted cashews. Created for Virgin by Lorraine Pascale
Italian buffalo mozzarella, heritage tomatoes and sweet pepper berries, drizzled with Italian extra virgin olive oil and a balsamic glaze
Brioche and butter pudding, served with Madagascan vanilla syrup and double cream
2/6 Virgin Premium Economy
Clockwise from right: Chicken, sweet potato and coconut curry, with coriander rice
Asian slaw salad of carrots, celeriac, sweet chillies and slaw dressing. As well as Jacob's crackers, Croxton Manor Mature Cheddar, 1/4 bottle of wine
Apple & blackberry pudding
3/6 Virgin Economy
Clockwise from bottom right: Slow-cooked beef bourguignon, with rosemary, roasted root veg and mustard mash
Mediterranean orzo salad, dressed in a sun-blushed tomato and roasted pepper dressing
Gü Chocolate Orange. As well as Jacob's crackers, Boursin Garlic & Herbs, 1/4 bottle of wine
4/6 All Nippon Airways first class
Clockwise from top right: Miso soup
Pickles preserved in vinegar Japanese tea
'Koshihikari' brand rice from Nichinan-cho Hino-gun in Tottori Prefecture
Simmered sablefish in soy-based sauce
Seasonal salad with wasabi
Dressed asparagus and konjac with sweet sesame paste
Marinated salmon in piquant-vinegared sauce
Clear soup with a steamed prawn cake
Zensai, 'a selection of morsels' including Japanese omelette and sake-steamed abalone
5/6 All Nippon Airways business class
Clockwise from top right: Assorted pickles
A selection of morsels including dressed bamboo shoot and simmered octopus
Simmered duck and vegetables
Deep-fried sea bream with thick ponzu sauce
6/6 All Nippon Airways economy
Clockwise from top right: A selection of fresh fruit
A selection of traditional appetisers
Seafood curry with steamed rice
Japanese noodle with spring onions, served with soy-based sauce
The pilot then came out apologetically to say the plane would have to divert to Milan because it could not fly with the oxygen masks hanging down, according to The Sun.
Holiday-makers were meant to reach their destination at 10.30pm but did not arrive in Dalaman in Turkey until 5.30am the next day.
The airline confirmed the delay and apologised for the delay.
A spokesperson said The Sun: "In line with safety procedures the captain took the correct decision to divert so that the cabin crew oxygen masks could be reset."Reuse content