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Airline bills ‘disruptive’ passenger $150k

Flight escorted back to London by RAF jets

An airline has billed a British woman AU$150,000 (£85,000) for allegedly causing a flight from London to Turkey to be diverted due to her “extremely disruptive behaviour”. 


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According to the airline, Jet2, the woman tried to open the plane’s doors and showed a "catalogue of aggressive, abusive and dangerous behaviour" during the flight to Dalaman. 


After being restrained by staff and passengers, the flight was redirected back to Stansted, where the 25-year-old female was arrested on suspicion of common assault, criminal damage and endangering an aircraft, the BBC reported. 


From Berkshire, the woman was also given a lifetime ban and billed for her actions, which Jet2 CEO Steve Heapy said had caused "one of the most serious cases" the low cost carrier had experienced.


"She must now face up to the consequences of her actions, and we will vigorously pursue to recover the costs that we incurred as a result of this divert, as we do with all disruptive passengers," he said.


Not only was the flight returned to Stansted, but it was escorted to land by RAF jets, whose sonic booms shook houses in the area, residents reported. The woman was released on bail until late August.


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 19 July 2019

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