Four passengers arrested after 'drunken incident' diverts easyJet flight

Jonathan Mitchell
The Barcelona to Liverpool flight was diverted on Thursday evening: AFP/Getty Images

Four “drunken” passengers have been arrested after they forced an EasyJet plane to divert to Bristol.

The Barcelona to Liverpool flight was diverted at about 11.30pm on Thursday due to an “incident involving passengers”, police said.

Four people – two 29-year-old men, a 26-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man – were arrested on suspicion of offences linked to being drunk on board an aircraft.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: "We're appealing for anyone who was on easyJet flight EZY7208 from Barcelona to Liverpool, who may have filmed the incident on their mobile phones or any other devices, to get in touch.”

A spokeswoman for easyJet said: "EasyJet can confirm that flight EZY7208 from Barcelona to Liverpool on 21 September diverted to Bristol due to four passengers behaving disruptively.

"The aircraft was met by the police upon arrival in Bristol and continued to Liverpool once the passengers were arrested.

"EasyJet's cabin 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.”