Jet2 'Will Not Hesitate' To Prosecute After Stansted Air-Rage Incident
Jet2 has said it 'will not hesitate' to prosecute a woman who allegedly tried to open the emergency doors of a flight to Turkey in a drunken rage yesterday.
She is also said to have tried to storm the cockpit, before being restrained by passengers and crew.
RAF fighter jets were scrambled in order to escort the plane - headed for Dalaman - back to Stansted airport about 45 minutes after it had taken off.
They picked up the commercial flight close to the coast of the Netherlands and brought it back to the UK at about 16:50 yesterday.
Upon landing, a 25-year-old woman was removed from the aircraft by the police. The woman from Maidenhead, Berkshire, has now been released on bail until 30 June.
In a statement, Jet2 said: "We are now liaising with the relevant authorities to support their investigation, and we will not hesitate to prosecute.
"For years we have been highlighting just how serious the consequences of disruptive passenger behaviour can be.
"These consequences include huge fines, lifetime bans and court action.
"They now also include the authorities having to scramble fighter jets to escort commercial aircraft, proof that this behaviour must stop now."
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After the incident, which caused minor delays at Stansted, Amiy Varol - a passenger who witnessed the incident - told LADbible: "I am led to believe [the lady] had a few alcoholic drinks, and took some medication on the plane for her anxiety for flying, which caused her to be the way she was.
"She came walking to the toilets and I thought she would go to the toilet like everyone else was yet she all of a sudden ran to the doors and attempted to open them, cabin crew had to physically remove her from the door. She then attacked two of the cabin crew.
"The whole plane started screaming hysterically. A passenger then got up and put her to the floor - five people were restraining her and she kept trying to get up, screaming 'I want to get out' [and] 'I'm gonna kill everyone' - screaming and making noises. "
Ms Varol continued: "A passenger even sat on her. Then they got her in a seat with five people restraining her and we were told the plane was turning back to Stansted.
"She only stopped when the police arrived after we landed. It was very distressing to see the RAF jets, we believe they got a missed message from the pilot. The police wasn't even at the runway when we landed - we had to wait about 10 mins for them.
"My brother and cousin were restraining her, she was trying to attack and bite people. It was awful."
An RAF spokesperson said: "We can confirm that RAF quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft from RAF Coningsby scrambled to escort a commercial flight into Standard shortly after take-off due to reports of a disruptive passenger."
Featured Image Credit: Amiy Varol
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