EasyJet chaos as 'drunk Brit tries to open plane door' and fights cabin crew mid-air

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An easyJet flight was thrown into chaos after a drunken passenger attempted to open the aircraft door mid-flight. The 28-year-old man, who was so intoxicated he didn't realise the plane was still airborne, was arrested by police waiting on the tarmac at Alicante Airport in Spain.

Fellow holidaymakers assisted the crew in restraining the passenger during an incident where he became abusive and "compromised flight safety".

Reports suggest that the passenger was already inebriated when he boarded the plane, but his condition "worsened during the flight". The situation escalated when he began insulting other passengers, leading to a physical altercation. It's also claimed he tried to strike a crew member who attempted to intervene, reports the Mirror.

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Further reports indicate that the 28-year-old tried to enter the cabin during his aggressive outburst. Local media reported: "According to the sources to which Informacion has had access, the commander contacted the Alicante control tower to warn them that they had a drunk traveller on board, whom they had had to immobilise with the help of the passenger for compromising the flight safety on several occasion.

"Apparently, the traveller boarded already drunk but his condition worsened during the flight, since the altitude enhances the effects of alcohol. At one point, he got into a fight with other travellers, whom he attacked after insulting and provoking them. When the company's onboard personnel intervened, he also tried to hit them."

"And not only that. In the midst of a brawl, he tried to open the plane door to get off, without being aware that they were in mid-flight, and then tried to access the cabin. Finally, the passenger helped the crew to immobilise him and, as soon as the aircraft landed in El Altet, the Civil Guard entered and detained him."

Alicante Airport registers the most conflicts with passengers. Last year alone there were 184 complaints - only Tenerife Sur-Reina Sofia was ahead, with 189.

A spokesperson for easyJet told The Mirror: "EasyJet can confirm that flight EZY 8117 from London Gatwick to Alicante on 29 May was met by police on arrival as a result of a passenger onboard behaving disruptively. Our cabin crew are trained to assess 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 and do not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour onboard. The safety and wellbeing of passengers and crew is always easyJet's priority".