KLM airlines apologises after it revealed where in a plane you are most likely to DIE if the jet crashes
- KLM Royal Dutch Airlines today denied that it was making light of flight fatalities
- It quoted a study which found that passengers in middle seats are more at risk
- People were branded the airline insensitive for whimsically sharing the stats
A major commercial airline has been forced to backpedal after it came under fire for warning that passengers seated in the middle of the plane are more likely to die if the jet were to crash.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines today scrambled to deny that it was making light of flight fatalities following a bizarre tweet which quoted the worrying statistics.
Accompanied with the hashtag ‘TuesdayTrivia’, the company’s India branch wrote: ‘According to data studies by Time, the fatality rate for the seats in the middle of the plane is the highest.’
Twitter users were quick to brand the airline insensitive for whimsically sharing the alarming new findings – as well as panicking passengers who are preparing to fly in the middle seats.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines today scrambled to deny that it was making light of flight fatalities following a bizarre tweet which quoted the worrying statistics (stock image)
And astonishingly, the post was followed by a second tweet which encouraged followers to guess where the aircraft’s ‘safest seats’ are located in order to win a prize.
It read: ‘Do you know which are the safest seats on an #aircraft? Comment the correct answer below and stand a chance to win exciting #KLM goodies!’
People reacted strongly, with one user suggesting that whoever was culpable for the tweet by ‘restrained’.
Another even jokingly speculated that KLM’s Twitter account had been hacked.
After hastily deleting the posts, KLM yesterday issued a grovelling apology and said it was reviewing its social media policy.
The airline said: ‘We would like to sincerely apologise for a recent update. The post was based on a publically available aviation fact, and isn’t KLM opinion.
‘It was never our intention to hurt anyone’s sentiments. The post has since been deleted.’