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Published on Monday, June 25, 2018

Jet2 says passengers who caused flight diversion will be 'held accountable'

Members of a 'drunk and aggressive' stag party who caused an Ibiza-bound flight to be diverted will be 'held accountable' for their actions.

The Jet2 flight, which left Birmingham at 4pm on Friday afternoon, was diverted to Toulouse where French police escorted the men off the aircraft.

It later transpired one of the party had not even been allowed to board at Birmingham because he was too drunk. Crew members had already decided not to sell alcohol on the flight.

Other passengers reported the men went 'nose-to-nose' with crew members, according to the Daily Mirror.

In a statement, the airline said: "Our crew had already made the decision to stop sales of alcohol on the flight, after one member of the group was refused boarding for being drunk and aggressive.

"Despite that, a number of the party continued to act in a deplorable and aggressive fashion once on the aircraft, which cannot and will not be tolerated.

"After repeat warnings, the crew took the decision to divert the aircraft in the interests of everyone's comfort and safety."

Jet2 has repeatedly called for limits on the amount of alcohol passengers can drink before boarding a flight.

MD Phil Ward said: "We will now be taking further action in support of our crew to ensure that those responsible are held accountable for their actions."

He added: "This is the second time that disruptive passenger behaviour has caused one of our flights to be diverted in just a few weeks, so enough is enough.

"Proper measures need putting in place by the industry and government to ensure that our crew and customers can fly in a safe, trouble-free environment..

"As a family friendly airline flying millions of people on holiday every year, we are demanding that proper action is taken to protect our crew and customers from this appalling behaviour."

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  • A regular occurrence

    Unfortunately, once again, it is the few who make life miserable for the many. A 4pm flight should be able to sell alcohol, in fact I believe any flight should be able to. It is the lack of common courtesy, and total idiots who make fellow passengers wish they had never bothered to travel. Children running riot with no parental control, drunk and disorderly, Oh for the return of the days where people dressed up for their flights and behaved respectfully. Hard sentences and stricter rules for those who destroy others enjoyment. Please.

    By Elaine Molyneux, Monday, June 25, 2018

  • Drunken passengers

    Shame we cannot have all their names so that the industry can ban them on all flights and holidays and have them blacklisted!

    By Peter Mackness, Monday, June 25, 2018

  • Make them pay

    Airlines should sue for the cost of the diversion plus damages of say $1,000 per passenger for the inconvenience. That will stop it.

    By ROD MURPHY, Monday, June 25, 2018

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