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Drunk passenger banned for life from airline after Belfast to Ibiza flight diverted

An airline has slammed the "deplorable behaviour" of a drunk passenger whose actions led to a flight travelling from Belfast to Ibiza being diverted.

The Jet2 flight, which left Belfast at around 3.30pm on Friday, was diverted to Toulouse.

A Jet2 spokesperson told the Belfast Telegraph that the passenger was travelling with a group which had been aggressive to both crew and fellow passengers on board.

The actions of the disruptive passenger have led to him being banned for life from all Jet2 flights.

The spokesperson said: "Unfortunately his behaviour was particularly unnecessary towards one of our crew and he was also aggressive and unruly in the vicinity, where other families with young children and customers were sitting.

"In consultation with the captain we had to take the unusual decision to divert the aircraft as the situation on board escalated and he was taken off the aircraft with the assistance of the police in Toulouse.

"It's is very clear that consuming alcohol illicitly contributed to this behaviour and as part of our 'OnBoard Together' approach we will continue to call for action to better control the sale and consumption of tax free goods purchased at airports. "

Phil Ward, managing director at Jet2, said: “We will not under any circumstances tolerate this type of disgraceful behaviour onboard our aircraft. 

"Fellow customers and families travelling for a well earned holiday should not be subjected to this sort of behaviour and we sincerely apologise to all the other customers on that flight.

"We will be taking further action in support of our crew to ensure the passenger is held accountable for his actions and indeed the passenger has already received a lifetime ban from future Jet2.com flights. Our OnBoard Together campaign will continue to be a priority for us."

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