Chaos erupts on flight from London to Costa Rica

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(Illustrative image.  Courtesy Thomson Airways)

(Illustrative image. Courtesy Thomson Airways)

What fellow passengers described as utter “chaos” ensued aboard a Thomson Airways flight shortly before takeoff on its way to Costa Rica on Monday, the Daily Star reported Tuesday.

Some 25 drunk and disorderly passengers had to be removed from the aircraft by police officers after the pilot of the aircraft refused takeoff due to the chaos taking place in the passenger cabin, the Daily Star reported. The group included 24 men and a 14-year-old boy, according to the report, and the incident delayed the flight by some three hours.

Sally Ferguson, a Thomson employee who was aboard the aircraft, said that the group were Irish and that the captain said he had never seen anything like the incident in his 20 year career.

A spokesperson for Thomson Airways was quoted as saying that the airline “operates a zero-tolerance policy in relation to any disruptive behavior and several customers were asked to leave the aircraft […] Customer and crew safety is our priority at all times and we would like to reassure everyone that incidents of this nature are extremely rare.”

The charter airline specializes in providing inclusive vacation destination packages and began offering non-stop service between London’s Gatwick airport and Liberia, in Costa Rica’s northwestern Guanacaste province, on November 2nd.

Each weekly flight is intended for 300 customers with pre-packaged vacation packages.


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