Disruptive pensioner forces flight to divert

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Jet2 has said it will ‘vigorously pursue costs incurred’ after one of its aircraft had to be diverted when a passenger became unruly.

The flight, from Manchester to Rhodes last week, had to be diverted to Munich where the pensioner was removed by police.

It’s reported passengers broke into rounds of applause when she left and shouted ‘Auf Wiedersehen, Pet’ as she was escorted off by nine officers.

A passenger told MailOnline the woman first became agitated because her request for free champagne was denied. When she was told it wasn’t part of the service, she bought a gin and tonic but it was taken away after she began to get aggressive.

Video footage appears to show the pensioner slapping an air steward after he took the drnk away.

A Jet2 spokesperson said: “We can confirm that flight LS819 from Manchester to Rhodes was diverted to Munich Airport so that a disruptive passenger could be offloaded.

“We would like to apologise to customers for this unforeseen delay and any inconvenience caused.

“The health and safety of our colleagues and customers remains our number one priority and, as a family friendly airline, we take a zero-tolerance approach to disruptive behaviour.

“We will not hesitate to vigorously pursue any costs incurred as a result of this diversion.”

The passenger told MailOnline “Jet2 handled this situation really well and the captain of the plane gave everyone complimentary drinks.”

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