WATCH: Virgin Australia’s April Fools Day prank is a little different this year

Virgin Australia has today flipped April Fool’s Day on its head, turning the airline’s annual prank into a reality.

Following a mass shortage of toilet paper throughout Australia in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the airline has announced they will be rescuing thousands of toilet paper rolls from its grounded aircraft and donating them to vulnerable members of the community.

“We are known for pranking travellers each year with April Fool’s Day announcements, but we’ve decided that this year, we’ve all been punked enough by 2020,” Virgin Australia General Manager, Product and Customer, Sarah Adam, said.


“The COVID-19 pandemic has required us to temporarily reduce our flying schedule and ground 125 aircraft, which means there is a lot of toilet paper not being used, and we want to ease some of the stress that so many Australians are currently facing.”

Ms Adam said that they couldn’t be happier to not be punking anyone today and instead spreading some toilet paper goodness to those who need it most.

“Each year our passengers use enough toilet paper to stretch from Sydney to Los Angeles, so we’re thrilled that in true Virgin spirit, we’re going to help the elderly, the vulnerable, medical staff, and our charity partners, by giving them the supply of toilet paper that’s currently locked-up in our grounded aircraft and storage facilities throughout Australia,” she said.

For every toilet paper roll that’s rescued, Kleenex will match the donation, ensuring that a number of thousand toilet paper rolls reach communities around the country.