Tuesday 27 September 2016

25 'Irish' passengers thrown off flight after 'disorderly' behaviour

John Brennan

Published 08/03/2016 | 09:24

Thomson Airways Dreamliner
Thomson Airways Dreamliner

A group of 25 passengers - many of them believed to be Irish - were escorted off a Caribbean flight by police in Gatwick airport on Monday.

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The passengers, reported to be Irish, caused extensive delays to the Thomson Airways Dreamliner service.

The flight from Gatwick to Costa Rica was already experiencing delays due to technical issues.

Some of the 25 passengers allegedly became abusive towards staff.

Police were called to intervene when the pilot refused to take off with the troublesome passengers on board.

A Sussex Police spokesperson confirmed to Independent.ie that the group had been removed.

"At 11.35am on Monday police were called to an outbound Thomson flight due to leave Gatwick North Terminal for Costa Rica after the captain refused to fly with a group of 25 male passengers, all adults except for one 14-year old boy, some of whom had been disorderly on the aircraft.”

The spokesperson added: “There was no violence as the officers escorted them away, and no evidence of criminal offences on the aircraft or in the airport."

Officers escorted them from the aircraft to landside where they dispersed.

The TOM038 flight which was flying from Gatwick to Liberia, Costa Rica was due to leave Gatwick airport at 09.15am yesterday morning however following the delays it didn’t leave North Terminal in the airport until 12.37pm.

Thomson and Gatwick airport press offices have been contacted by Independent.ie.

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