According to British authorities, flight plans of over 70 celebrities were leaked to the paparazzi. An employee at Virgin Atlantic may be to blame. Hit the jump for the full story.


Daily Mail Princess Beatrice’s flight details are among those allegedly passed on to a paparazzi agency a Virgin Atlantic employee, it emerged today.

The Information Commissioner’s Office will now make investigate after the royal was reportedly among almost 70 famous figures whose flight information appears to have been handed to London-based Big Pictures.

The accused employee, a relatively junior member of staff at the airline, resigned in the wake of the accusation but is understood to deny the claims.

An ICO spokeswoman said: ‘The ICO takes all breaches of the Data Protection Act seriously. Any organisation processing personal information in the UK must ensure they comply with the law.

‘We will need to make further inquiries to establish the precise nature of the alleged incident before deciding what action, if any, needs to be taken by this office.’

Virgin Atlantic is looking into the allegations and has said it would ‘deeply regret’ any concern caused to the passengers believed to be involved.

Other celebrities whose flight details may have been passed to Big Pictures include Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole; his former wife and singer Cheryl Cole; Tottenham footballer Jermain Defoe; actresses Sienna Miller, Scarlett Johansson and Gwyneth Paltrow; and singers Robbie Williams and Nicole Scherzinger.

A Virgin Atlantic spokeswoman said after the claims emerged: ‘The allegations that have been raised are extremely serious and we have launched an immediate investigation.