A customer is banned for life after drunk and becoming “verbally abusive” onboard.
A drunk passenger who forced a Jet2 flight to make an unscheduled landing in Toulouse, France, has been banned for life from the airline.
According to reports, the male passenger was on the flight from Belfast, Ireland to Ibiza, Spain, as part of a bachelor party group. The group of men were “quite noisy” when they came on board, BBC reported.
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The disruptive passenger, who was said to be drinking alcohol during the flight was reportedly warned by the flight crew and the pilot about his behavior.
“The captain introduced himself and gave a very stern warning and repeated that only alcohol purchased on board could be consumed on the flight and duty free cannot be consumed,” a passenger told the BBC.
The passenger was then denied alcohol by the flight attendants, who said the man was “verbally abusive.”
Jet2 said the decision to divert the aircraft was made, because “the reprehensible behaviour of a particularly annoying customer,” BBC reported.
“We will under no circumstances tolerate this kind of shameful behavior on board our aircraft,” Phil Ward, managing director of Jet2 said in a statement. “We will be taking further measures to support our crew to ensure [the passenger] is held responsible for his actions and, indeed, [he] already has a lifetime ban from the future, Jet2 flights.”
Passengers on board the plane was hit by a three hour delay due to the diversion.
“The passengers are not from the plane, and it was roasting,” a passenger told the BBC. “The babies and children on the plane were so restless. Six hours in total, when it should have been a three hour flight.”
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The airline commented on the incident, saying alcohol was to blame for the man from the actions.
“It is very clear that the drinking of alcohol in illegal manner have contributed to this behavior,” the airline said. “In consultation with the captain, we had the unusual decision to divert the aircraft as the situation on board escalated and he was out of the plane with the help of the police in Toulouse.”
Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.