A passenger on a Jet2 flight has photographed an unopened can of lager in the cockpit.

The Stella Artois was spotted beside a pilot of a flight from Alicante to Birmingham.

The can had been sitting beside the pilot “for 20 minutes” as soon as the cockpit door was opened after the aircraft had landed at Birmingham airport on Monday afternoon, according to passenger Steve Lewis.

A spokesperson for Jet2 told The Independent: “Upon further investigation of the photograph, we can confirm that it is an unopened can which had been handed to a member of our cabin crew by a customer when they were leaving the aircraft.

“This unopened can was then put down in the cockpit by the member of cabin crew, so that she could continue helping customers as they disembarked.”