A passenger who witnessed four rowdy women being thrown off a holiday flight from Manchester has slammed their ‘vile’ behaviour at 30,000ft.
A shocking video shows the moment one of the party is thrown off the EasyJet flight after launching a tirade of abuse at fellow flyers and crew members – to cheers from others on board.
The captain was forced to land in Athens when trouble erupted on the way to Paphos in Cyprus on Friday night.
Four passengers were thrown off the flight after reports they were drunk and arguing with others on board.
They were arrested by police in Athens.
One passenger, 41, who was on board with her husband and sons aged 14 and nine, told the M.E.N.: “It was unbelievable. Shocking, just shocking.”
She described how one of the rowdy girls spat over the face of one passenger.
The woman described how the group of six girls ‘were fine’ at first: “They were typical Scouse girls wearing Tommy Hilfiger tracksuits and with double-dip tans. They were just having a laugh at that point but it gradually got worse and worse.
“They started swearing a bit and we asked them to keep it down. Then they started using the c-word and started arguing amongst themselves. They were getting out a bottle of vodka and a bottle of brandy.
“They were warned about bringing their own alcohol but they had a go at the stewardess. They took one bottle from them but they still had one more and they carried on drinking.
“It got worse and worse and worse. We thought they’d fall asleep but they didn’t. Two of them were talking about performing sex acts in the toilet and they kept going to the toilet.
“Every time a passenger complained to the air stewardess they kept saying ‘you are all f***ing snitches and you’re going down’. One said they were going to ‘slice up’ a passenger when the plane stopped. One of them smashed a beer can over her forehead and the contents went all over us. We were wet through.
“At one point one of them came running down the aisle and spat over someone’s face. It was just vile. There were children on the flight. It was awful. The whole plane could hear it.
“It happened at 30,000ft in the air and it was dangerous. We were all trapped in there with them.”
She described how three passengers, believed to be off-duty military personnel, got out of their seats to try and calm the party of young women.
Mobile phone footage of the drama shows one woman in the party repeatedly shouting ‘are you taking the p***?’ at a man who is thought to be an off-duty military worker who tells her: “Listen to me. Do you want to walk off here or do you want to be dragged off in a pair of handcuffs?”
Seeing another passenger filming the episode, she lashes out and says: “Getting your ‘f***ing phone out of my face.”
Appearing to cry, she adds: “I’m scared. I just want to go home…. Please take me home… Please. I don’t even want to go on holiday. Please take me home.”
As she is being led down the aisle, she shouts at another passenger: “Why the f*** are you recording me you ugly bitch.”
Fellow passengers can then be heard cheering and clapping as the woman is taken off the plane.
The Easyjet service, flight EZY1975, continued on its way to Cyprus. The delay meant a scheduled return trip to Manchester had to be postponed until Saturday as the crew had run out of hours they are legally allowed to work.
A spokesman for easyJet said: “EasyJet can confirm that flight EZY1975 from Manchester to Paphos on 23 March was diverted to Athens and met by the police on arrival where four passengers were offloaded as a result of disruptive behaviour onboard and the flight continued to Paphos once the passengers were offloaded.
“EasyJet’s crew are trained to assess and evaluate all situations and to act quickly and appropriately to ensure that the safety of the flight and other passengers is not compromised at any time.
“Whilst such incidents are rare we take them very seriously, do not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour onboard and always push for prosecution.