Arabic graffiti found daubed on planes in France

Arabic graffiti found daubed on planes in France

EasyJet says writing on fuel tank panels and toilet door is ‘nothing more than graffiti’

Illustrative: An easyJet airliner on the tarmac at Ben Gurion International Airport, August 3, 2013. (Moshe Shai/Flash90)
Illustrative: An easyJet airliner on the tarmac at Ben Gurion International Airport, August 3, 2013. (Moshe Shai/Flash90)

An investigation has been launched after graffiti in Arabic was found scrawled on four planes belonging to budget airline easyJet at airports in France.

An email detailing the discovery was sent to easyJet employees by the company’s cabin safety manager, Lisa King, Sky News reported Saturday. The email said that the discovery involved to “four aircraft in France with written inscriptions on the inside of the fuel panel, and toilet door in Arabic script.”

Details of what the graffiti said were not provided, Sky reported, adding that the company does not believe it posed a threat and no passengers were removed from the aircraft involved.

“EasyJet assessed this issue, each time working in full consultation with the authorities, and is entirely satisfied it is nothing more than graffiti,” a spokeswoman for easyJet said, according to the report.

“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 location of the planes involved has not been revealed for security reasons, and the investigation is seeking to establish who was behind the incident, the report said.

France has been on high alert since a November 13 multi-pronged attack in Paris claimed by Islamic State killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more. French President Francois Hollande has sworn to eradicate the Islamist extremist group.

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