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Viral Photo Of Backless Plane Seat Sparks Debate

A photo of backless chair on flight has caused a stir on social media.

A passenger snapped the photo of a woman sitting in a chair without a back on an easyJet plane on Tuesday.

The passengers were reportedly on Flight 2012 travelling from Luton, U.K., to Geneva, Switzerland.

Matthew Harris shared the photo his partner took of the woman and her seat on Twitter.

"How can this be allowed?" he asked.

EasyJet were quick to respond, but asked Harris to remove the photo.

"Hi Matthew, thanks for bringing this to our attention, before we can investigate this could I ask you to remove the photograph & then DM us more info regarding this, so we can best assist you," a spokesperson said.

The airline company's reply did not inspire confidence to other Twitter users, who questioned its focus on removing the image rather than safety.

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Harris replied and said he would not be removing the image.

However, Harris later admitted the woman did not travel in the seat, but had been moved prior to takeoff.

"One has to wonder how safe the rest of the plane was. This was her seat," he said in a tweet, three hours after the first had been sent.

"The lady was moved to a spare seat once the flight was fully boarded. Not sure what would have happened if the flight was full."

EasyJet confirmed with updated statements of their own, and said the customers would have been "allocated different seats".

"No passengers were permitted to sit in these seats as they were inoperative awaiting repair," it said in one statement.

"Safety is our highest priority and easyJet operates its fleet of aircraft in strict compliance with all safety guidelines."

The photo has been retweeted thousands of times, with comments divided, particularly after the admission no one was in the seat during the flight.

Feature image: Matthew Harris