Hysterical Britons joke ‘Welcome to Luton’ outside Gatwick Airport

A plane passenger has sent Britons into hysterics over a prank sign she spotted through the window of her flight to Gatwick Airport.

Twitter user Abbey took a picture of the welcome sign inscribed on a field at Gatwick airstrip.

But, she noticed something incorrect in the greeting which had social media users laughing as well as those who had seen her from the plane.

Posting a snapshot of the notice, which was written in large white letters near a farmhouse, Abbey said: “Flying into Gatwick, just before landing, this is what’s out the left hand window…great farce, deffo at Gatwick.”

In the picture you could see green hills and houses, but along a road the words: ‘Welcome to Luton’ were written on the grass.

‘Welcome to Luton’ sign outside Gatwick Airport

For those unaware, Gatwick Airport is in South London near Crawley while Luton Airport is in North London above Watford.

Thus, the prank was clearly designed to trick passengers into thinking they were landing at the wrong airport.

Abbey’s post quickly went viral with over 20,000 likes and 1.5,000 retweets.

In the comments, many Twitter users laughed at the prank sign.

One person wrote: “Weirdly I was once on a plane where three pilots announced ‘Ladies and gentlemen, we just landed at London Gatwick. Or at least I think we did. Oh there you go the sign. Thank God for that.

“Must be a Gatwick thing…”

Gatwick and Luton are miles apart
Gatwick and Luton are miles apart

While another joked: ‘You can tell that’s wrong… there’s no way anyone near Luton is welcoming people.’

And, a third replied: ‘Also, never seen so much greenery around Luton to make such a sign.

Explaining the joke, a poster noted: ‘I think the joke is that it’s on the Gatwick flight path and was placed there as a joke to trick people into thinking they’re on the wrong flight.

“I don’t think the sign is actually in Luton.”

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According to other reports, this is not the first sign of a prank to try to confuse passengers on the plane.

Last year, a “Welcome to Perth” sign was painted on top of a building near Sydney Airport in Australia.

While in the United States, a “Welcome to Cleveland” sign was displayed in a house in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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