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Man banned by airline for life after flashing his tattooed manhood

By Mirror | May 9th 2015

UK: An airline has banned a passenger for life after he exposed his Pinocchio penis tattoo and waved around a sex toy mid-flight.

Tom Washington was dressed as an airline stewardess as he flew with Jet2.com from East Midlands Airport to Majorca with 22 of his pals for guys' holiday.

The 22-year-old from Grimsby was in a jovial mood on the flight, but things turned sour when Tom showed off his tattoo of the Disney character Pinocchio - located in his pubic area - to holidaymakers and cabin crew.

Unlike his pals, many onboard appeared not to see the funny side of it as a senior crew member marched up to him and took his passport off him.

Tom said: "There were 23 of us altogether and we all met at East Midlands airport," he said.

"We got up in the early hours to do our make-up and hair like any presentable woman.

"We were all excited and sober at this point, and we got on to the plane with barrels of laughter from pretty much everyone – the airport staff and members of the public. We got to our seats on the plane for the safety induction.

"I got up but because my jacket was too tight, it exposed my chest which I had covered with a bra.

"I then proceeded to 'help' the cabin staff with the talk using a sex toy.

"There were some old men on the plane as well and they were a laugh.

"The lads mentioned I had a tattoo of Pinocchio, which I showed them, and that was the point where the manager took my passport."

Following the incident, Tom was told that he would be unable to board the return flight.

Imposing the ban, chiefs at the airline described the behaviour as "disgusting", saying they carry many families on their flights and such actions would not be tolerated.

Jet2.com said they had reported the incident to Leicestershire Police, however a spokesperson for the force said they had no record of it.

In order to get him back home, his friends all chipped in to raise Sh19,000 to bring him back home on a different airline.

It's not the first time Tom has hit the headlines.

In December 2013, he caused a stir at a local football match after he ran onto the pitch with his friend Lewis Hopkinson during a cup clash between Grimsby Town FC and Scunthorpe United.

The pair were ordered to pay a total of Sh89,000 in fines and costs at Grimsby Magistrates' Court.

Regarding the latest incident, a spokesperson for Jet2.com said: "Jet2.com has given a lifetime ban to Grimsby man, Thomas Washington, for indecently exposing himself to cabin crew on a flight to Majorca last Friday, May 1.

"The airline refused his return travel to East Midlands Airport and has also reported the incident to the police."

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: "We carry millions of families every year so this disgusting behaviour will not be tolerated.

"It is totally unacceptable.

"We pride ourselves on giving our customers a friendly and relaxing flight experience so we will take action against anyone who causes offence and disruption to our crew and passengers

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