‘I’m sick to death of it!’ Pen Farthing condemns the phrase “empty seats” and opposes the phrase “Animals were in HOLD!”
PEN FARTHING has rebutted reports that his 200 rescue dogs and kittens occupied empty seats on his flight out of Kabul, Afghanistan, by stating that they were placed in the cargo hold, where passengers cannot sit.
Pen Farthing spoke to Sean Fletcher and Charlotte Hawkins on Good Morning Britain after landing in Oslo, Norway, after a week of battle to evacuate staff and animals from the Nowzad shelter in Afghanistan. The former Royal Marine responded to criticism about his departure from Kabul airport by stating that the animals from his refuge did not take up room meant for civilians.
Mr Farthing retaliated, saying, “First and foremost, let’s make everything perfectly clear because I’m sick to death of explaining this.”
“There’s a cargo hold,” says the narrator. People cannot be placed in the cargo hold. The animals were loaded into the cargo hold of the ship. Above were the empty chairs.
“No one in the British government, no one in the British government, helped me get into the airport. That’s what I did with the Taliban.
“I came up to the British checkpoint for the first time, and it was well into the airport, with the Taliban and the British standing there.
“There’s some barbed wire separating them, or there used to be, but it’s plainly gone now. That was the first time I had spoken to somebody from the United Kingdom.”
“So whomever is making any charges or comments about how I got into that airport ought to have stood there on the ground to observe how I did it.
“No one helped me get in more than the interpreters or anyone else. I was alone with a truck full of animals and dogs… I can’t tell you how many Taliban commanders I had to sit down and talk to.”
Mr Farthing claimed that the plane he flew out of Afghanistan had “many empty seats,” and he asked the British troops if they needed to utilize them before takeoff.
“So whomever is making any charges or comments about how I got into that airport ought to have stood there on the ground to observe how I did it. Above and beyond any interpreters or anyone else, no one helped me get in. I was alone with a truck full of animals and dogs… I don’t know how many Taliban commanders I had to sit down with and chat with.
“Unfortunately, it was just myself on that flight,” he explained. “Would you like to?” I questioned the British once more.”Brinkwire Summary News”.