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Flight from Tenerife to Belfast forced to make emergency landing due to disruptive passengers

A flight from Tenerife to Belfast International Airport was forced to make an emergency landing in Spain on Saturday due to two "disruptive" passengers.

Well-known local makeup artist Paddy McGurgan was a passenger on the Jet2.com flight and told the Belfast Telegraph that the plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Santiago, Spain.

Jet2.com released a statement confirming that the flight was diverted "so that police could board the aircraft and offloaded two disruptive passengers".

Mr McGurgan said one of the men, who appeared to be from Northern Ireland, was removed after becoming "threatening and abusive" towards staff.

He said that one of the men appeared to be "heavily intoxicated" and was described by staff as "non compliant".

Their luggage was subsequently removed from the airplane's hold, Mr McGurgan said.

"There were a number of people on the flight who were very unhappy because there are quite a few young children present," he said.

A Jet2.com statement said that the company wished to apologise to passengers.

"As a family friendly airline we take a zero tolerance approach towards disruptive behaviour, so we will fully assist the authorities with any subsequent investigations and will prosecute where necessary," the statement read.

"We would also like to apologise to customers for the delay to their journey home.”

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