Jet2 says abusive passenger 'must face consequences' after she lit up and got drunk on flight

A Jet2 passenger who smoked a cigarette while drunk on a flight from Turkey has been jailed. Emma Woolley, who was flying back to the UK from Antalya was also threatening towards staff on the flight, who were forced to call the police to offload Woolley.

Woolley, who was flying from the Turkish hotspot to Leeds Bradford Airport in January, decided to smoke in the toilet and illicitly consume alcohol which had been purchased in duty free. Woolley was sentenced to four months in prison at Leeds Crown Court after admitting entering an aircraft while drunk, smoking on an aircraft and behaving in a threatening, abusive or disorderly manner towards staff.

Following sentencing this week, Jet2 bosses said Emma Woolley's jail term should send out a "stark and sobering example" to those who choose to behave in an abusive manner on their flights. They added that Woolley must "now face the consequences of her behaviour ."

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Phil Ward, managing director of Jet2.com said: “This sentencing should send out a stark and sobering example to the tiny minority of people who cannot enjoy their flight responsibly. This summer we will fly millions of hardworking customers and families away to enjoy their well-deserved holidays, but sadly there are a handful of people who behave in a disruptive fashion, often fuelled by alcohol that has been purchased in duty free and is then illicitly consumed onboard.

"Our message to them is very simple - we take a zero tolerance approach to disruptive passenger behaviour, as do the courts – and by acting irresponsibly you run the risk of a criminal record and even a prison sentence.”

He added: “As a family friendly airline, we will not hesitate to take action against disruptive passenger behaviour. That includes issuing bans, billing disruptive customers for costs that we incur, and working with the authorities to support successful prosecutions.

"Ms. Woolley must now face the consequences of her behaviour and we are confident that this sentencing will send out a very clear message to others about how severe the consequences can be.”