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Passengers on an EasyJet flight to Malaga stepped in to support two young men that looked as if they were about to get thrown off a flight. Watch video below:
Passenger Luke Gayle, 28, filmed the clip on flight from London's Gatwick Airport to Malaga, and said crew overreacted when the two men 'huffed' after being told to put on their shoes for take-off.
Shortly after, passengers grouped together and the video shows them telling the man to 'sit down' and 'not get off' the flight.
The captain then announced that a new cabin crew would come on to replace those currently on board.
EasyJet stated that the plane cannot take off if there are loose items such as shoes or luggage on display and that the reason why the cabin crew were removed was because they exceeded their legally operating hours over the course of the day.
An EasyJet spokesperson told LADbible: "The primary responsibility of our crew is for the safety of everyone onboard. An issue arose onboard the flight during taxi, the aircraft returned to stand and was met by airport police to resolve the issue before safely departing with all passengers onboard.
"Our crew must ensure that safety requirements are followed by all passengers and as part of their role must check prior to take-off that everyone is compliant with these. This is particularly important for passengers seated in emergency exits rows where crew ensure there are no loose items during take-off.
"We are aware of the feedback from some customers onboard on how this was handled. We take feedback of this nature seriously and have been in touch with them to discuss their experience and assure them that we will review this internally.
"We do not discriminate against any individual and there is no room at easyJet for discrimination of any kind. The crew must ensure all passengers follow safety requirements for the safety of everyone on board and must pay particular attention to the emergency exit row seats.
"As is routine when a flight is delayed like this one, a new crew operated the flight to ensure that the original crew did not exceed their maximum legal operating hours over the course of the day.
"The safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew is our highest priority."
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