A drunk passenger whose behaviour led to a flight from Belfast to Ibiza being diverted grew to become “verbally abusive” to workers when he was refused alcohol, a fellow passenger has mentioned.
A lady, who was onboard the flight along with her companion and four-month-old child, instructed the BBC the person was a part of a “giant stag group” that was “fairly rowdy” after they boarded.
The Jet2 flight, which left Belfast at round 3.30pm on Friday, needed to be diverted to Toulouse in France due to the person’s drunken behaviour.
The lady mentioned the stag group had been a number of the final passengers to board the airplane.
“The captain launched himself and gave a extremely stern warning and reiterated that solely alcohol purchased on board could possibly be consumed on flight and responsibility free cannot be consumed,” she mentioned.
The diversion ended up doubling the size of the journey.
The lady mentioned: “Passengers could not get off the airplane and it was roasting.
“All of the infants and youngsters on the airplane had been so unsettled. Six hours in complete when it ought to have been a 3 hour flight.”
The captain warned passengers after they took off from Toulouse that he would cease the flight in Barcelona to take away extra passengers if the disruptive behaviour continued.
In an announcement, Jet2 confirmed the passenger, who was faraway from the flight in Toulouse, has been given a lifetime ban by the airline.
The airline mentioned it was “very clear” that consuming alcohol illicitly contributed to the person’s behaviour.
Belfast Telegraph Digital