'Extremely disruptive passenger' forces military jets to escort plane back to London airport

An "extremely disruptive passenger" forced a plane to turn back to London with the assistance of two military jets.
An "extremely disruptive passenger" forced a plane to turn back to London with the assistance of two military jets. Photo credit: Getty

A UK flight had to be accompanied back to London by military jets because a passenger was so disruptive.

The flight, from low-cost airline Jet2, took off from Stansted Airport at 6pm on Saturday evening (local time). It was bound for Dalaman, Turkey - but just 20 minutes after takeoff it turned around and headed back.

The reason was a 25-year-old woman, who was later arrested on suspicion of two assaults as well as "endangering an aircraft", CNN reports.

The disruption was so severe, two Royal Air Force Typhoon jets were dispatched from Lincolnshire to guide the plane back to London.

The military-speed aircraft are believed to have caused a sonic boom as they flew faster than the speed of sound. Locals from Bishop's Stortford, a town located just over 6km from Stansted Airport, called police to report a "loud explosion".

A Jet2 spokesperson described the woman as an "extremely disruptive passenger" in a statement provided to CNN.

"The aircraft has returned safely, and we are liaising with the relevant authorities to support their investigation. We are working hard to ensure the remaining customers reach their destination as soon as possible."

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