‘Welcome to Luton’ prank leaves Gatwick airport arrivals in ‘state of panic’.
A YouTube prankster has caused a fair bit of confusion after erecting a ‘Welcome to Luton’ sign on the approach to Gatwick Airport.
Max Fosh displayed a 60 metre ‘Welcome to Luton’ sign on grass on the approach to Gatwick in West Sussex, a mere 60 miles south of Luton airport.
Passengers described being in a ‘state of panic’ when they spotted it.
Admitting to the prank on the Justin Dealey show on BBC Three Counties Radio, Mr Fosh, who has 923,000 followers, said: “I am the pesky prankster that has written Welcome To Luton.”
Mr Fosh initially looked for fields next to both Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport.
“A lovely couple said, ‘yeah we’ve got a 80 metre long patch of land we don’t have any use for,’ so I said ‘great can I get my tarpaulin out and start hammering pegs into the ground?’,” he explained.
He placed 14 letters, each 8 metres by 3 metres, to spell out ‘Welcome to Luton’ on the land near Gatwick.
Together the large letters cost him £4,000 as they have been “made to last”.
Mr Fosh has permission to leave the sign in place for six weeks, so passengers landing at Gatwick Airport can see it out their left window for a while longer.
“It’s my job to make videos and my videos are all about doing silly things, to put a smile on people’s faces but just to be silly, I’m glad this stunt has gone down well,” he said