The boss of budget airline Jet2.com has warned obnoxious passengers that they need to behave when flying. Phil Ward is the UK carrier’s managing-director and he issued the warning after banning a UK man for life for his drunken shenanigans aboard a flight from Leeds-Bradford Airport bound for Alicante.
Grant Marshall was a member of a stag party on the 07:20 departure on Friday morning. He was alleged to have been drinking vodka that had been illicitly carried on board. Cabin crew say they repeatedly asked the man to stop drinking the liquor as well as tone down his abusive behaviour.
Due to Marshall’s refusal to toe the line and calm down, the pilot of LS271 decided to make an unscheduled landing at Toulouse. Phil Ward said the unruly passenger was then escorted off the aircraft where he was arrested by waiting police officers.
The managing-director continued by saying that Marshall would never be allowed to board another Jet2.com flight during his lifetime. He also noted that the passenger would probably be charged with endangering the safety of an aircraft and Jet2.com would be suing for the costs of the diversion.
Mr Ward added that Jet2.com was an airline geared towards the comforts and needs of families and it was adopting with immediate effect a policy of zero tolerance to any passenger who misbehaved and upset the status quo. The policy covers racism, threatening behaviour, over indulgence in alcohol or any other behaviour or language deemed offensive to those on board Jet2.com flights.