Woman passenger ejected from easyJet flight after ‘punching pilot’


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A holiday is meant to be about relaxation, taking some time away from the workplace and having a week or two recharging. From the moment you step into the airport to moment you return, it’s all about having a good time.

With that in mind, spare a thought for passengers of easyJet flight EZY1973 flying from Manchester to Paphos on Wednesday (May 11th) who were delayed for two hours after a woman punched the captain in the face while being escorted off the aircraft. The Manchester Evening News reported that the 25-year-old woman had been asked to leave the plane after becoming disruptive.

As she was walked to the front of the aircraft she lashed out and allegedly attacked one of the pilots, striking him in the face. She was subsequently arrested on suspicion of assault and caused the flight to be delayed for two hours.

A spokesman for easyJet confirmed that the police were called to assist with a “disruptive passenger”, adding: “One passenger was subsequently arrested. The safety and wellbeing of passengers and crew is always easyJet’s priority.

“Whilst such incidents are rare we take them very seriously, do not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour onboard and always push for prosecution.”

It has further highlighted a string of incidents of passengers becoming disruptive and having to be escorted off flights. In March, two men were deemed ‘not fit to fly’ after being too drunk at 8.45am on a Germanwings service from Manchester.

To combat this, Jet2.com recently announced that it would be taking a zero tolerance policy to disruptive and inappropriate behaviour aboard any of its flights.

Phil Ward, managing director of the low cost airline, said: “We are sending an important message that this behaviour will not be tolerated. Jet2.com is a holiday airline. We will not allow our customers’ holidays to be upset by an individuals’ obnoxious behaviour.

“We will not hesitate to prosecute individuals where necessary.”

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