A drunk couple aboard a plane from Liverpool to Tenerife made it a “flight from hell” for a holidaymaker and his fellow passengers.
The EasyJet departure from John Lennon Airport was one that filled 49-year-old Hans Mahrla with excitement as he headed out on his first holiday since the beginning of the pandemic.
But the thrills soon turned to spills, when a rowdy pair began drinking too much, smoked in the toilets and abused fellow travellers and staff, causing the plane to divert to Lisbon, the Liverpool Echo reports.
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Hans, from Ormskirk, Lancashire, said the behaviour of the two passengers was “shameful”, as they started acting rowdily after purchasing and drinking a large quantity of alcohol from duty free.
Hans said: “We were making good time and then some time mid-flight, a couple were obviously drinking too much. An announcement was made telling people they should not be drinking duty free stuff and smoking was also prohibited on the plane.
“Next thing we know they closed the toilets at the back because they found cigarette butts in there. 10 minutes later the pilot said we were landing in Lisbon – the woman started to kick off and threaten other passengers. There was quite a bit of commotion on the plane.”
The couple were led off the jet, but as the flight eventually went to leave an hour-and-a-half later another issue arose when a “comatose” man tried to go to the toilet.
The man was forced back by staff, but urinated all over his seat.
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The passengers reportedly clapped and cheered when they eventually landed in Tenerife.
Hans added: “Everyone just wanted to enjoy the holiday – they didn’t want to be held up like that. We were all happy to just land in Tenerife.”
A spokesperson for EasyJet said: “We can confirm that flight EZY7169 from Liverpool to Tenerife on July 6 diverted to Lisbon and was met by police as a result of two passengers on board behaving disruptively.
“Whilst such incidents are rare, we take them very seriously, and do not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour on board. The safety and wellbeing of customers and crew is our highest priority.”
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