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EasyJet flight forced to make emergency landing after drunk passenger 'tried to open plane door at 30,000ft'

Published 09/03/2016

The Airbus A320 was flying from Marrakesh to Gatwick when it was diverted to Bordeaux, France.
The Airbus A320 was flying from Marrakesh to Gatwick when it was diverted to Bordeaux, France.

An easyJet flight was forced to make an emergency landing after a drunk passenger allegedly tried to open the plane door at 30,000ft.

The Airbus A320 was flying from Marrakech to Gatwick when it was diverted to Bordeaux, France, after the passenger was reportedly charging up and down the aisles.

Passengers claimed the man began guzzling spirits from duty-free on Monday after boarding the plane.

Joe Mortell, 26, from Cheltenham, told the Sun: "He was drinking rum or whisky. Air crew took the bottle off him but it was too late."

EasyJet in a statement confirmed police boarded the flight after landing in Bordeaux.

It said: "EasyJet can confirm that flight EZY8896 from Marrakech to London Gatwick on 7 March diverted to Bordeaux as a result of a passenger onboard behaving in a disruptive manner.

"The aircraft was met by the police on arrival at Bordeaux and the passenger disembarked.

"Whilst such incidents are rare we take them very seriously, do not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour onboard and always push for prosecution."

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