Jet2.com orders 'abusive' passenger to pay £85k after RAF jets escort plane back to UK

Jet2.com orders 'abusive' passenger to pay £85k after RAF jets escort plane back to UK

An "extremely disruptive" passenger has been ordered to pay £85,000 by a UK airline after two RAF Typhoon fighter jets had to escort the aircraft back to Stansted.

British low cost airline Jet2.com said Chloe Haines had to be restrained by crew and passengers after she tried to open the doors of the Turkey-bound aircraft during the flight.

Miss Haines, 25, is also banned from Jet2.com for life after she "displayed a catalogue of aggressive, abusive and dangerous behaviour on the aircraft, which included attempting to open the aircraft doors during the flight", Jet2.com said in a statement.

"In their rush to escort the aircraft, the RAF fighter jets created a sonic boom which could be heard for miles around," the airline added.

When the plane arrived back in the UK, airport police boarded and arrested Miss Haines on suspicion of assault and endangering an aircraft.

Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: "Miss Haines's behaviour was one of the most serious cases of disruptive passenger behaviour that we have experienced.

"She must now face up to the consequences of her actions, and we will vigorously pursue to recover the costs that we incurred as a result of this divert, as we do with all disruptive passengers.

"As a family friendly airline, we take an absolutely zero-tolerance approach to disruptive behaviour, and we hope that this sobering incident, with its very serious consequences, provides a stark warning to others who think that they can behave in this fashion."

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