An Edinburgh to Tenerife flight was forced to make a diversion to Portugal after a ‘disgraceful’ passenger was seen vaping onboard and acting disruptively.  

The Jet2 flight, LS727, had taken off from Edinburgh Airport at 8.15am on Friday and was due to travel directly to Tenerife South Airport.

However, flightradar24 showed the budget airline was forced to divert to Porto Santo airport in Madeira, over 330 miles away, so the passenger could be removed by police.   

A video has since surfaced from the flight that shows a man reportedly under the influence of alcohol stumbling in the aisle of the plane while being addressed by air stewards.

The male was dressed in all black with a bag strap slung across his chest.

The disruptive passenger was kicked off the plane in Porto Santo

The male was dressed in black with a bag slung across his chest

A flight from Edinburgh to Tenerife was forced to divert to Porto Santo after a vaping passenger began acting disruptively

The passenger, who was reportedly under the influence of alcohol, was escorted off the aircraft by around five Portuguese officers

The passenger, who was reportedly under the influence of alcohol, was escorted off the aircraft by around five Portuguese officers

Another clip of the incident shows around five Portuguese officials escorting the man off of the aircraft as other passengers cheer, clap and chant ‘cheerio’.

One eye-witness said the man was ‘acting like a f***y’ and was ‘vaping as soon as we took off’, reports Edinburgh Live.

Another added: ‘Later he was stumbling down the aisle. He looked utterly wasted.’

One more passenger on the flight commented: ‘What a start to our holiday! Jet2 staff handled the situation very well!

‘Walking up and down the aisle during landing and threatening the staff…arrested on the tarmac!’

Another eyewitness told Edinburgh Evening News that the passengers on board the flight were ‘terrified of the abusive behaviour of a man on board’.

‘He was walking drunkenly up and down the aisles as flight staff were unable to control him. He was threatening anyone who went near him,’ she added.

‘At one point, he touched an air stewardess inappropriately and that was the last straw. Police were waiting to arrest him when the fight landed’.

Jet2 has since spoken out following the ordeal and has said that their ‘colleagues and customers should never be treated in this way.’ 

A spokesperson for Jet2 said: ‘Flight LS727 from Edinburgh to Tenerife diverted to Porto Santo yesterday so that police could offload a disruptive passenger. 

‘The passenger in question behaved in a disgraceful fashion, and as a family friendly airline we take a zero-tolerance approach to such behaviour. 

‘Our colleagues and customers should never be subjected this type of behaviour and we would like to thank our crew for the way they dealt with this difficult situation.

‘We will fully support the authorities with any subsequent investigation and we will not hesitate to recover any losses incurred as a result of this divert. 

‘We are pleased to say that the flight continued to Tenerife and we wish everyone onboard a lovely holiday.’

The spokesperson added that the man has now been banned from flying with the budget airline for life following the incident. 


This post first appeared on Daily mail

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