RAF Fighter Jets Scrambled to Escort Aircraft Because of Disruptive Passenger

June 23, 2019 at 15:41

Two RAF Typhoon fighters were scrambled to escort a aircraft on the evening of Saturday 22nd June, after an extremely disruptive passenger’s behaviour went as far as attempting to open the aircraft doors during the flight.

In their rush to escort the aircraft, which was supposed to be heading from London Stansted to Dalaman but had returned to base because of this appalling and dangerous behaviour, the fighter jets created a sonic boom which could be heard for miles around.

Our aircraft landed safely at London Stansted Airport, where airport police boarded to arrest a 25-year-old woman on suspicion of assault and endangering an aircraft.

We are now liaising with the relevant authorities to support their investigation, and we will not hesitate to prosecute.

For years we have been highlighting just how serious the consequences of disruptive passenger behaviour can be. These consequences include huge fines, lifetime bans and court action. They now also include the authorities having to scramble fighter jets to escort commercial aircraft, proof that this behaviour must stop now.

We would like to thank the highly trained crew for their professionalism in handling this incident, which included having to restrain the passenger. We would also like to thank customers who assisted on board the flight, as well the police at London Stansted Airport.

Finally, as a family friendly airline we would like to apologise to any customers who were affected by this outrageous and deplorable behaviour.