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Four Virgin Atlantic employees at Gatwick airport were sacked after a video purportedly showing a member of the Taliban having sex with a donkey was emailed to the airline's entire IT department.

The vid, called “What the Taliban do when they are not making improvised explosive devices", according to the Sunday Mirror, was accidently distributed by "turnaround co-ordinator" David Armstrong.

Bosses sacked him and three others and warned them they "may have been in breach of the Obscene Publications Act".

The quartet are due before an employment tribunal today where they will claim unfair dismissal on the grounds that "more senior Virgin staff regularly sent pornography to the airline’s staff".

A Virgin Atlantic ­spokeswoman confirmed: “The claimants were dismissed for serious breaches of company IT policy.”

A Gatwick source protested to the Mirror: “To sack these people was way over the top.” ®

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