Jet2holidays is taking a disgruntled customer – and amateur boxer – to court for using the company’s logo in a complaint leaflet.
Bradley Welsh used the Jet2 logo on leaflets which said the operator and airline “abandon families”, and distributed them around Edinburgh in their thousands.
Welsh, a former British amateur lightweight champion, was scheduled to appear at Scotland’s highest civil court yesterday, reported the Times – which said the holiday company was seeking an interdict to prevent him using the logo.
The 43-year-old, who owns a boxing gym in the Scottish city, appeared on TV show Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men in 2009 and played a gang leader in hit film T2 Trainspotting.
He has been complaining about Jet2 since February, when he told the Daily Mail his Valentine’s Day had been ruined because he had lost his suitcase containing Viagra, clean underwear and a gift for his fiancée at Lanzarote airport. It is understood the suitcase was mistakenly picked up by another passenger.
Claiming Jet2holidays refused to accept liability, Welsh printed 15,000 leaflets and had them distributed by volunteers.
They said: “Package holidays you CAN’T trust” followed by four bullet points alleging: “Jet2 abandon families, Jet2 lose your luggage, Jet2 employees lie to you, Jet2 have no care for families.” It adds: “Edinburgh beware.”
The Times said Mr Welsh claims his bag was “effectively stolen” and is defending himself in court. He argues that Jet2 is taking no responsibility for his any baggage that is not in the hold, and says 15 people have contacted him with similar stories since he went public last month.
A Jet2 spokesperson told The Times: “We have made every effort to assist Mr Welsh and have made it clear that Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are not liable for the accidental removal of hand luggage from the flight in question by another passenger.
“Despite this, Mr Welsh has continued to make a number of defamatory statements and threats and as a result we have now instigated formal legal proceedings.
“With these legal proceedings ongoing, we are unable to comment any further at this time.”