<figure> <img src="https://cdni.rt.com/files/2018.12/article/5c0bc7a3dda4c887618b45aa.jpg"> <figcaption>File photo © AFP / Giuseppe Cacace / <span class="copyright">Free</span></figcaption> </figure> <strong>A viral image appearing to show an Emirates plane completely decked out in sparkling diamonds has set social media alight after the airline shared the striking picture on Twitter.</strong>
The blinging Boeing 777 appeared to be coated in glistening gemstones, dazzling social media users who couldn’t believe their eyes. Many expressed their desire to travel on such a glamorous aircraft, while some questioned how such a diamond-encrusted plane could actually take off and fly safely with the additional load.
It turns out they needn’t have worried, as the sparkling plane was just a clever use of photo-editing.
The image was created by Sara Shakeel, a dentist turned ‘crystal artist’ from Pakistan, who shares bedazzled photos on Instagram.
Emirates was so impressed by her jazzed-up jet, it gave Shakeel a free upgrade on her flight to Milan.
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