Passengers applauded as a drunken mother – who was still demanding more alcohol – was escorted off a flight with her two young children and several equally drunk friends.
Six intoxicated adults travelling in the same party were carted off the plane, including the mother, according to an account in the Trinity Mirror. The British Airways flight from the Canary Islands to London Gatwick had already been delayed by two hours, and passengers were in no mood to be kept waiting longer.
The mother, in her 20s, was sighted earlier drinking heavily in the airport bar, before getting into an argument at the gate about being a “benefits mum”, a witness said.
Cabin crew on the BA A320 warned the woman she would not be served alcohol, but she raged that she had paid for her flight and was entitled to drink. Five other adults in her party apparently sided with her.
In such situations, the captain has the final call. He ordered the whole lot off the flight, prompting a round of applause from frustrated passengers – some of whom asked why the woman and her companions had been allowed to board in the first place.
Commenting on the incident, a BA spokesman told the London Sun: “Our customers and crew deserve to enjoy their flights, without any form of disruption. This sort of behaviour will not be tolerated, and the appropriate action will always be taken.”
Written by Peter Needham