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Wednesday, May 5, 1999 Published at 16:29 GMT 17:29 UK


Stewardess strip just a 'giggle'

Andrea O'Neill: Parents will be shocked

A British Airways stewardess who ran half-naked round a plane at an Italian airport said she was surprised her prank had caused such a fuss.

Andrea O'Neill, 31, said: "It was all a bit of fun, but I have to say I am more than a little embarrassed by the attention it has created."

Andrea walked down the steps of the BA Boeing 737 in her underwear and ran round the plane as it stood on the Tarmac at Genoa airport.

She had lost a bet with colleagues about the flight's arrival time - it touched down 10 minutes early, so Andrea carried out her forfeit.

No training

"There were no passengers around at the time and I thought we were well out of view from the airport building. I didn't think anybody else would see me," she said. As well as other cabin crew, it is thought baggage handlers and cleaning staff also got a glimpse.

Andrea, a stewardess on short-haul flights from Gatwick who has been with BA for 14 months, said it had all been "a bit of a giggle".

"I do hope I have not offended anybody by what was supposed to be a secret, light-hearted joke," she said. "I never imagined things would get this far.

"I have never done anything like this before and I am sure my mum and dad will be pretty shocked to hear it was me.

"I know it's not the sort of behaviour people expect from an airline like British Airways. It's certainly not covered by any of our training programmes."

BA bosses have interviewed Andrea about Sunday's incident, but she looks likely to keep her job.

'Wonderful exposure'

"We have spoken to Andrea and the rest of the crew about this, and the matter rests there," said a BA spokesman.

"I guess we ought to take our hats off to her - but nothing else - for achieving such wonderful exposure of our brilliant timekeeping record, but she should know that BA is always on time." The airline is currently having a punctuality drive.

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