The airline said “unprecedented market conditions” as a result of the coronavirus pandemic had “severely reduced revenues”.
Sir Richard Branson's airline has reportedly asked for a £500 million government loan to save it from collapse amid the coronavirus crisis.
Female cabin crew working for Virgin Atlantic are no longer required to wear make-up, the airline has announced.
Airlines want to encourage more women and girls to consider a career in aviation, with only around 3% of the global pilot workforce being female.
The incident took place at John F Kennedy Airport in New York City
Flight VS401 was forced to disembark for additional security checks