A passenger who allegedly caused two RAF jets to be scrambled to escort a plane back to Stansted Airport has been sent an £85,000 bill by the airline.
Chloe Haines, 25, is accused by Jet2 of a ‘catalogue of aggressive, abusive and dangerous behaviour’ on a flight bound for Dalaman in Turkey, including trying to open the aircraft doors during the flight.
The flight had to be escorted back to Stansted Airport by two Typhoon fighter jets while she was restrained by cabin crew and customers.
A former bouncer who tackled her to the ground said she kicked, punched and screamed at the stewards.
He said: ‘She was only petite but she had the strength of a fully-grown man. The only time I’ve seen anything like that was when someone had just dropped acid, she had super strength.’
Amy Varol, who was sat behind Haines, told The Sun: ‘Then a man sat on her and one person was holding her leg and someone else holding the other one.
‘That’s when she started screaming “get off me, I’m going to kill everyone”.’
Two Typhoon fighter aircraft caused a sonic boom as they flew to meet the plane and escort it on June 22.
Ms Haines, of Maidenhead in Berkshire, was arrested by Essex Police upon landing on suspicion of assault, criminal damage and endangering an aircraft.
The force said previously she had been bailed until July 30.
But Jet2 said in a statement she has been hit with both an £85,000 bill and a lifetime ban from the airline.
Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Miss Haines’ behaviour was one of the most serious cases of disruptive passenger behaviour that we have experienced.
‘She must now face up to the consequences of her actions, and we will vigorously pursue to recover the costs that we incurred as a result of this divert, as we do with all disruptive passengers.
‘As a family friendly airline, we take an absolutely zero tolerance approach to disruptive behaviour, and we hope that this sobering incident, with its very serious consequences, provides a stark warning to others who think that they can behave in this fashion.’
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