A man was left stunned when he spotted a can of Stella Artois between the pilots on a flight from Spain.
Steve Lewis from Brackley in Northamptonshire was returning to the UK on Monday after enjoying a holiday in Alicante with his husband.
But the 59-year-old said he was ‘concerned’ to notice the can of lager in the cockpit as he disembarked the plane, which was carrying 300 passengers.
Mr Lewis claims the lager can sat at the side of the pilot ‘for 20 minutes’ and was visible as they opened the cockpit door when the plane landed.
The 59-year-old said although the can appeared unopened, he was shocked alcohol is allowed in the cockpit at all and questioned why it had a napkin under it.
Jet2 said that the unopened can had been left there after it was handed to a member of the cabin crew by a passenger.
Mr Lewis said: ‘After we had landed at around 1.20pm, we were waiting on board for 20 minutes to get off, that’s when I noticed the can.
‘The plane had landed and the seatbelt light came on. I stood up to get my suitcase and as I did the cockpit door opened and I noticed the can.
‘I turned to my partner Steven, who didn’t believe me at first, but then he noticed you could clearly see the Stella branding.
‘I was so shocked, I couldn’t understand why there was alcohol in the cockpit.
‘It was there for the whole time we were waiting so it wasn’t like the stewards had placed it down while they were busy and went back to move it.
‘It even had a napkin underneath it which is how they serve drinks to passengers, so I’m a bit skeptical to whether it was there because someone had left it.
‘It concerns me that alcohol is even allowed in the cockpit, if it was open or not.
‘They flew 300 people home that flight and I just think there should be some rules on alcohol in the cockpit if there isn’t some already.
‘Airlines are really strict about how much passengers drink and our flight out to Alicante on the 7 September was an alcohol free one as it was early in the morning, surely they should follow the same guidelines for staff.’