A Jet2 passenger is said to have attempted to open the plane’s door while it was in flight.
On July 2, 2023, around 10:30 p.m. local time, Jet2 flight LS124 departed from Milas-Bodrum Airport in Turkey with a planned arrival time of a few hours later in Glasgow.
However, the man is said to have attempted to open the door, prompting the pilot to make an emergency landing at Sofia Airport (SOF) in Bulgaria.
“A man who was extremely drunk and sat in the emergency exit row attempted to open the door mid-flight. It looked like he’d maybe woken up and didn’t know where he was or anything. He was restrained by a woman who was on her own and an elderly man in another seat,” an unnamed passenger told the Mail Online.
Police boarded the Jet2 Boeing 737 as it touched down in Sofia and took the man into custody.
The aircraft continued to Glasgow and reached there early the next morning after the disruptive passenger was removed.
“Flight LS124 from Bodrum to Glasgow diverted to Sofia Airport last night, so that a disruptive passenger could be offloaded by police. After a short delay, the flight continued to Glasgow,” a statement from Jet2 read.
The airline added: “We would like to apologize to all affected customers for any inconvenience caused. As a family-friendly airline, we take zero tolerance to disruptive passenger behavior, and everyone’s health, comfort, and well-being will always be our number one priority.”