THOMAS COOK cabin crew were left in tears after passengers had a whip round when they flew them home for free.
Sacked staff volunteered to fly holidaymakers’ home from Larnaca, Cyrpus on Wednesday, two days after the travel giant collapsed, leaving 150,000 Brits stranded and 22,000 jobless.
Photos show staff in their Thomas Cook uniforms crying after kindhearted passengers dug deep to tip them on the flight back to Bristol.
Michelle Jubb, a passenger on the Thomas Cook jet, posted on Facebook there “wasn’t a dry eye on the plane”.
She wrote: “Last night our repatriation flight was a Thomas Cook aeroplane, with Thomas Cook cabin crew, dressed in their uniform, smart and proud.
PASSENGERS’ WHIP ROUND
“The only difference from normal was this crew were not being paid! They had volunteered to bring people home!
“There was no food or trolley service, but they had managed to scrape together teabags and coffee so passenger could have a hot drink.
“After a quick conversation with some other passengers we decided to do a collection for them, the passengers on the plane where so bloody generous, and the crew had something for their trouble.”
She added: “To the crew of ZT1155 on the 25th September – thank you.”
BRITS STILL STRANDED
But there are fears some Brits won’t be returning for another week.
It is expected to take up to two weeks to bring all 150,000 Brits back to the UK from destinations as far away as the Caribbean, Turkey and the US.
A further 72 flights will bring home 16,000 people today – but that leaves around 90,000 still stuck outside the UK.
THOMAS COOK ‘BLACK HOLE’
Some 61,000 Brits have been brought home in the last four days since the firm went bust.
After Thomas Cook went into administration, it was claimed the company had a balance sheet black hole of more than £3 billion while many believe “corporate greed” is to blame.
Fears are growing that holiday prices will shoot up next summer following the traumatic period for the industry.
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Around 25,000 tourists were due to fly to Majorca alone with the travel giant this month.
News of the stranded Brits comes after the chief executive officer of Thomas Cook apologised following the release of a “celebratory video” days after the company’s closure.
The “insensitive” video showed the firm’s German employees celebrating a state bailout.
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