The 200 cattle, sorry, passengers watched in horror as ground crew stuck the tape around the edge of the windscreen of the Ryanair jet just before it departed from London Stansted on it’s way to to Riga in Latvia.
The Irish Aviation Authority have said the tape was being used as an extra precaution to secure a new window seal.
But the pilot aborted the flight after 20 minutes when the tape started to become loose and made disturbing noises.
“What’s all the fuss about a bit of loose gaffer tape? The blue-tac holding the engines on and the sellotape attaching the wings to the main fuselage all worked fine” said the inflatable co-pilot.
A spokesman for Ryanair said, “We do not comment on routine technical issues. All Ryanair flights operate in accordance with approved safety standards.”