Flight cancelled after passengers 'treat plane like nightclub'

A group of badly behaved plane passengers allegedly treating an aircraft like “a nightclub” led to a flight being cancelled.

The EasyJet service from Bristol to Prague on Friday had more than 140 people on board who were affected because of an incident described by the aircraft as a “group of passengers behaving disruptively onboard”, Bristol Live reports. 

Avon and Somerset Police Bristol Airport initially tweeted: “Disappointing behaviour of a few who ruined a Friday flight from #BristolAirport, not just for their mates, but for the 140+ who’s flight was cancelled as a result of their follow-up actions.

“It’s an aircraft – not a nightclub.”

A flight to Prague was cancelled on Friday. Source: Nick Falconer @ASP4179/ Twitter
A police officer shared images online, saying he supported the airport team with his first incident airside, describing it as a “pretty eventful shift”. Source: Nick Falconer @ASP4179/Twitter

The hashtag #DrinkResponsibly was included in the tweet.

The passengers who were impacted were offered a refund or flight transfer with a spokeswoman for easyJet saying the crew did everything they could to minimise disruption, Bristol Live reports.

The spokesperson added: “Whilst such incidents are rare, we take them very seriously, do not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour onboard and always push for prosecution.”

“The safety and wellbeing of our passengers and crew is easyJet’s highest priority.”

According to the Evening Standard police said a group of people were removed from the aircraft and a 32-year-old was later arrested for a public order offence.

The airport’s policing team has responded to one person on Twitter, saying: “Enquiries relating to the offloaded group are still live and will be dealt with over the next few weeks with assistance of easyJet and Bristol Airport.”