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'Drunken, unruly' Teesside passenger fined £5,000 after flight diverted

Jet 2 have fined a 'drunken, unruly' passenger almost £5,000. Credit: Jet2.com

A 'drunken and unruly passenger' from Teesside was fined thousands of pounds for 'antisocial and unacceptable behaviour' on a flight to Spain.

Grant Marshall was one of a group of 14 drinking illicit alcohol, using foul language and threatening behaviour, according to Jet 2, on board a flight from Leeds Bradford airport to Alicante on May 29, 2015.

After repeated attempts to control them, the pilot was concerned for the safety of more than 1,000 passengers and crew and diverted the plane to Toulouse, where Mr Marshall was handed over to the police.

Jet 2 have invoiced him £4,809 for the costs of diverting the aircraft. He has also been given a lifetime ban and the firm said they will prosecute him for the disruption caused.

Last month, the airline launched a new programme called Onboard Together, taking a zero tolerance approach to disruptive and unruly behaviour in the skies.

To protect the safety and comfort of our loyal customers and staff, we openly pledged to take actions to stamp out antisocial behaviour onboard and that is exactly what we are doing.

Jet2.com is a holiday airline, so we want holidaymakers to have a wonderful time from the moment they start their holiday with us.

More than 1,150 passengers were inconvenienced that day by Mr Marshall’s antisocial and unacceptable behaviour. This is why we issued him with this bill for the costs involved. Most passengers have a fantastic time travelling and of course know how to behave onboard, which is why we need to stop disorderly behaviour from the few like Mr Marshall.

– Phil Ward, Managing Director of Jet2.com