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Jet2 Passenger who tried to open aircraft doors on a flight hit with £85,000 fine

The plane was escorted to land at Stansted Airport in Essex Photo: ITV Anglia

A passenger who allegedly tried to open aircraft doors during a flight to Turkey has been sent an £85,000 bill by the airline, Jet 2.

Two RAF jets were scrambled to escort a plane that Chloe Haines was traveling on back to Stansted Airport.

Many in the region reported hearing a 'sonic boom' as the fighter planes broke the sound barrier on the day of the incident, June 22.

The 25-year-old is accused by Jet2 of a "catalogue of aggressive, abusive and dangerous behaviour" and was said to have been restrained by both crew and customers while the two Typhoons from RAF Marham chaperoned the plane back to safety at Stansted.

Ms Haines, of Maidenhead in Berkshire, was arrested by Essex Police upon landing on suspicion of assault, criminal damage and endangering an aircraft.

The force said previously she had been bailed until July 30.

Jet2 said in a statement she has been hit with both an £85,000 bill and a lifetime ban from the airline.

Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said:

A Typhoon jet from RAF Marham like the ones that escorted the Jet2 plane to safety Credit: ITV Anglia

"Miss Haines' behaviour was one of the most serious cases of disruptive passenger behaviour that we have 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.

"As a family friendly airline, we take an absolutely zero tolerance approach to disruptive behaviour, and we hope that this sobering incident, with its very serious consequences, provides a stark warning to others who think that they can behave in this fashion."

– Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2