2/2 our team made a mistake in following that advice. The @VirginAtlantic people involved are mortified and have apologised profusely.
— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) March 9, 2013
Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson took to Twitter today to denounce as a “terrible mistake” that a Royal Navy helicopter technician was made to change out of uniform before boarding a flight to the United States.
Petty Officer Nicky Howse told The Sun newspaper, “when I got to the departure gate I was taken to the side by the flight supervisor and they said I wasn’t allowed to fly in uniform and had to wear a sleep suit.” Howse says she was told that her combat fatigues could be seen as a threat by other passengers.
Branson blamed airport security for giving his staff bad advice and says the people involved are “mortified.” Will an apology suffice?
I see @richardbranson is tweeting his pitiful sorrows after humiliating one of our soldiers, only after all went viral shame on you and G4S!
— Five Mountains (@Five_Mountains) March 9, 2013
— Lady Pea (@pennyolewicz) March 9, 2013
— Diana Allocco (@dianamee) March 9, 2013
Richard Branson needs to personally fire the thugs at his company who did this http://t.co/vFlGhYcI7c
— Ezra Levant ? (@ezralevant) March 9, 2013
— Kevin Whited (@PubliusTX) March 9, 2013
— Mike, from Mike's office (@CopTheTruth) March 9, 2013
— Heather Smart ? (@gemini2359) March 9, 2013
@richardbranson And why do you suppose it happened in the first place? Any ideas?
— ?It's?Almost ⛄️Christmas? (@jtLOL) March 9, 2013
Some are willing to cut Branson some slack.
— Mike Pannett, Esq. Author (@MikePannett) March 9, 2013