Drama as Tenerife flight is diverted to Lisbon due to troublesome trio
A holiday jet from Manchester packed with tourists heading to Tenerife was diverted to Portugal after problems on board.
More than 180 passengers, including young families, spent 50 minutes at Lisbon airport after police arrested and removed troublesome passengers.
The EasyJet flight, EZY1903, which should have arrived at Tenerife South airport at 10.15 pm touched down just before 1am.
One of the passengers, Sophie Bennett, a 27 year old events manager from Saddleworth, was travelling to the island with her boyfriend Harry Granger.
She said problems began in the first hour of the flight.
“The cabin crew saw suspicious behaviour from three lads going into the toilet at the back of the plane.”
“The crew did a ‘safety check’ of the toilet. I don’t know if they found it on person or in the toilet but one of the cabin crew came back with a bag suspected to have had drugs in it.
“Under the cabin manager the crew were told just to monitor the situation,” she said.
“Over the next few hours the lads became aggressive and swearing at the cabin crew. At one point one of the cabin crew was crying. “
“A couple of passengers were crying too when they found out we were landing in a different airport.
“We were only three hours into our journey so people clicked we weren’t landing at Tenerife.
Four police cars were waiting runway at Lisbon with about ten police officers in attendance.
The officers came on the plane, interviewed the crew, and the three men were arrested.
Lisbon police said the British trio appeared in court. They added: “They were arrested on suspicion of illegal activities on a flight.”
“They were found with an envelope with traces of a suspected illicit substance. Tests have so far proved inconclusive.”
An easyJet spokesperson said they could confirm flight EZY1903 from Manchester to Tenerife on June 13th was diverted to Lisbon and met by police due to three passengers on board behaving in a disruptive manner. Following the removal of these passengers the flight continued on to Tenerife.
“easyJet’s cabin crew are highly 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,” said the spokesman.
“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 passengers and crew is always easyJet’s priority.”