Members of two stag parties were escorted off a Good Friday Jet2 flight bound for Prague due to their unruly behaviour. Flight LS887 had already left its parking bay at Manchester Airport for a 15:15 takeoff, but the pilots were forced to turn around so the misbehaving passengers could be offloaded.
At the parking bay, police officers boarded the Boeing aircraft and escorted a total of 23 passengers off. The pilot announced that Jet2 would not tolerate anti-social or abusive behaviour towards cabin staff and other passengers on its flights.
Not all of the stag party revellers were kicked off the flight, but police officers did warn them that the same thing could happen if they didn’t tone down their antics. Apologising for the incident, a Jet2 spokesperson explained that one passenger had been arrested and two more given cautions for public order offences.
The spokesperson continued by saying the airline was sorry the disruptive behaviour of a few had ruined the start of the Easter holidays for other passengers on the Prague flight. The flight was delayed by more than two hours and did not take off until 18:00.
Passengers on the flight took to Twitter and other social networking websites to vent their annoyance at being marooned on Manchester’s tarmac. One described the groups as idiots and said they were being generally obnoxious, using offensive language and breaking property.
Another praised cabin crew for their professional and hospitable attitudes during the incident. She added people doing their jobs should not have to deal with any abuse and some of the stag revellers had crossed the line into what was unacceptable behaviour.