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April 17, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59A female passenger who complained to US Airways about its service received in reply a shocking Twitter message carrying an X-rated photo showing a woman with a scale model of a Boeing 777 inserted into an intimate portion of her anatomy.

US sites report the picture was up on the US Airways Twitter site for more than 20 minutes before the airline took it down.

The offending picture was tweeted first, it seems, by a Twitter troll, a user with the handle ArtxDealer, about an hour before US Airways placed it on their site. Island Hopping

It carried a lewd caption and was presumably meant to be funny.

As the link to the ribald picture was part of a legitimate Twitter message responding to a complaint, its placement appears to have been an accident on the part of a US Airways employee.

US Airways is taking the matter seriously and issued the following formal apology, carried by

“We apologise for the inappropriate image we recently shared in a Twitter response. Our investigation has determined that the image was initially posted to our Twitter feed by another user. We captured the tweet to flag it as inappropriate. Unfortunately the image was inadvertently included in a response to a customer. We immediately realised the error and removed our tweet. We deeply regret the mistake and we are currently reviewing our processes to prevent such errors in the future.”

By Wednesday morning (Australian time), the apology on the US Airways Twitter site read: “We apologise for an inappropriate image recently shared as a link in one of our responses. We’ve removed the tweet and are investigating.”

Links to the naughty picture were still there on the US Airways Twitter site yesterday and, given the nature of social media, are likely to be around for a long time.

Some Twitter users took a flippant attitude. “Don’t apologise it was great!” one tweeted.

An aviation expert was deeply offended, however, calling the picture “very inappropriate” – mainly because it showed a model of a Boeing 777.

“US Airways doesn’t fly Boeing 777s,” the aviation buff stated indignantly.

Written by : Peter Needham

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