Three BA pilots have been suspended for making foul-mouthed comments about passengers and crew on Facebook, including one which called gay air stewards a homophobic slur.

According to the Daily Mirror, BA 747 first officers Adam Corfield and Jonathan Harman and BA Airbus A320 pilot John Lincoln are under investigation for the remarks.

They had volunteered for cabin duty to cover staff strikes but took to the social networking site to complain about passengers.

In one message, Mr Corfield apparently called gay cabin crew “bum boys” and said he wanted to hit a “w**ker” passenger.

Ben Summerskill, the chief executive of Stonewall, said yesterday the gay charity had complained to BA about the homophobic remark.

He said: “We have raised it with BA, they assure us they are carrying out a high level investigation.

“It does seem an odd way to encourage people to fly with you. We understand they are taking this very seriously.”