Minister-Essa-Al-KandariKUWAIT: Minister of Communications Essa Al- Kandari has ordered an immediate investigation into a report that a Kuwait Airways pilot invited an ex-porn star into the cockpit of a Kuwait Airlines’ plane.

A report by British-based Daily Mail and Daily Star yesterday claimed that the pilot of a Kuwait Airways plane invited an internet stripper and Playboy model and her friend to the cockpit during a flight from Heathrow airport in London to New York’s JFK airport.

The report, which does not say when the incident took place, also claims that the pilot ordered champagne for his guests, and smoked cigarettes during their meeting. Commenting on the scandal that went viral on social media, Al-Kandari said an immediate investigation has been launched to verify the news and photos attached with the report. “If the Daily Mail’s report turns out to be true, then the Kuwaiti pilot will be held accountable,” he told Al-Jarida daily.

The investigation results will be announced to the public and concerned authorities transparently, he added. MP Dr Abdullah Al-Turaiji had earlier commented on the reports, urging the minister in a post on Twitter to open an immediate investigation. Kuwait Airways responded to the news in a Twitter post, claiming that the incident happened in 2013 and that it only learned about it yesterday after the Daily Mail report was published. KAC said it would open an investigation into the report.

By A Saleh