Passengers outraged as easyJet flight takes off with seats missing backs

A easyJet passenger has been pictured sitting on a seat that had no back, sparking outrage from social media users.

Matthew Harris encountered the "unacceptable" situation as he was flying from Luton to Geneva in Switzerland earlier today.

Harris, a tech entrepreneur from Australia, posted a picture of the seats to Twitter which showed how the entire back section of the seats were missing.

He included the caption: "easyJet beats @Ryanair to have backless seats. How can this be allowed?"

The image shows a woman sitting in the aisle row on the packed aircraft.

But easyJet claims passengers were told not to use the seat in the interests of safety and say that passengers were not assigned it, but admitted that the row had not been blocked off.

Social media users have expressed outrage over the incident and described the it as "absurd" and "illegal".

One person said: "Surely that's a massive risk for neck injury on take off and landing (apart from everything else that's wrong with this)."

The airline asked Matthew to remove the picture from Twitter so they could look into the incident – a request which he refused.

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