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Police forced to remove 'abusive' passengers from easyJet plane at Manchester airport

Two passengers were removed from a flight by police after their rowdy behaviour forced the captain to turn the plane around before it even reached the runway.

The easyJet flight from Manchester to Amsterdam had already left the gate when the pilot decided to turn back at around 11.30am today.

It was met by police, who boarded the plane before escorting two people off.

All other passengers also had to disembark and return to the gate while the incident was dealt with.

It is not clear exactly at this stage what happened, however easyJet said in a statement it would 'not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour on board'.

Photographs from a witness show police on the plane and at the gate.

The flight had been due to take off at around 11.30am but was delayed by several hours as a result of the trouble.

It eventually departed for Schiphol Airport just before 2pm.

A spokesman for easyJet said: 'We can confirm that flight EZY1837 from Manchester to Amsterdam was required to return to stand and met by police due to two passengers behaving disruptively onboard.

'Our cabin crew are trained to assess and evaluate all situations and to act quickly and appropriately to ensure that the safety of the flight and other passengers is not compromised at any time.

'Whilst such incidents are rare, we take them very seriously, do not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour on board.

'The safety and wellbeing of passengers and crew is always our highest priority.'

Greater Manchester Police have been approached for comment but are yet to respond.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7641009/Armed-police-remove-passengers-easyJet-flight-Manchester.html

stella Posted on November 07, 2019 12:11

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