PASSENGERS on a Thomas Cook repatriation flight were brought to tears after a redundant cabin crew member stepped in to get them home with an emotional message.
The mum-of-two, who told customers over the tannoy she found out she lost her job while on holiday in Turkey, stepped up to help holidaymakers get home.
The jobless former cabin crew member, who doesn’t if she will get paid, told passengers that “even though we have been abandoned by our company we will not abandon you, our loyal customers”.
The flight, which was one of many repatriation flights to bring stranded Brits home, was from Tenerife to London Stansted on September 27.
She said: “I have given 13 years of my life to Thomas Cook and I met my husband here and on Monday we both lost our jobs overnight just like that and with two young children to support.
“It’s an incredibly hard time for us. We are not able to provide you with a lot, just a cup of tea, coffee and a muffin.
“But we promise to get your home safe and sound and see this through to the very end.”
Passengers erupted in applause as the brave woman choked up during her compelling speech.
They organised a whip-round for the devastated crew who have been left jobless after the holiday firm’s collapse.
Thomas Cook collapsed on September 23 after 178 years in the travel business.
More than 600,000 holidaymakers were left stranded, sparking the largest peacetime repatriation effort in British history.
Thousands of Thomas Cook employees have lost their jobs as a result of the firm going bust.
Alex Hall, from Bromley, said he had “goosebumps” as he filmed the powerful speech.
He was returning from a week abroad with his fiance Emily Watson and added he was “blown away” by the professionalism of staff and said they deserved recognition.
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He added: “It was so raw and emotional. You could cut the tension with a knife.”
“The whole way they staff were comforting each other.
“They were in bits. They remained so professional even though you could see how devastating it was.”
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