Prankster causes panic after putting up ‘Welcome to Luton’ sign near Gatwick Airport
Airline passengers arriving at Gatwick Airport were alarmed by a sign welcoming them to Luton, a town about 60 miles from the airport. A prankster has now claimed responsibility
A prankster has caused confusion after erecting a ‘Welcome to Luton’ sign on the approach to Gatwick Airport.
The 60m (197ft) sign is currently clearly visible to air passengers preparing to land at the UK’s second-largest airport, located just under 30 miles south of central London.
Luton Airport, on the other hand, is located about 35 miles north of central London and is therefore a good distance from Gatwick.
You can imagine the amount of head-scratching among the passengers peeking out the window while gathering their hand luggage.
As previously reported by BBC News, Abbey Desmond, from Great Dunmow, Essex, says she was left in a ‘state of panic’ after timing the panel upon landing.
Now, YouTube prankster Max Fosh has claimed responsibility for the stunt, apologizing if “anyone was seriously thrown off” by his joke sign.
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Fosh, whose previous pranks have included breaching the Convention on International Security and serving roadkill to unsuspecting food critics, confessed to the prank during an appearance on the Justin Dealey show on BBC Three Counties Radio.
The prankster admitted: “I’m the pesky prankster who wrote Welcome To Luton.”
He went on to reveal that some passengers had indeed been left in the lurch, with one woman even texting him saying she had been worried about his location as she left her car at Gatwick.
Fosh, who says he was inspired by similar pranks played in the US and Australia, continued, “It’s my job to make videos and my videos are about doing stupid things, making people smile, but just to be stupid, I’m glad that stunt went well.”
Revealing how he pulled off the prank, Fosh added: ‘I went door-to-door in fields next to Heathrow and Gatwick and a lovely couple said, ‘Yeah we have an 80 pitch m (262 feet) long that we don’t have any use for,” so I said “great, can I get my tarp out and start pounding stakes in the ground?
The 14 letters, which measure 8m (26ft) by 3m (10ft), cost Fosh £4,000, complete with the ‘made to last’ sign.
Fosh is currently allowed the sign to remain in place for six weeks and advised anyone flying into Gatwick during that time to “look out the left window, you should see it about 90 seconds before you land”.
Meanwhile, the previously confused Abbey has since tweeted a photo of the silly sign, in order to ‘make everyone laugh’, remarking that ‘it exploded with everyone blaming RAF Luton’.
The photo sparked a lot of amusement, with one person commenting: “My colleague saw this on a flight we both did on Friday – she completely freaked her out as she thought we were landing in Luton…luckily it was Gatwick.”
Another recalled: “Strangely, I was once on a plane where the pilot said, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, we have just landed at London Gatwick. Or at least I think we did. Oh, here’s the sign. Thank god for that. Must be a Gatwick thing…”
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