Footage shows the 23-year-old woman, from Wirral, becoming tearful as she claims she is ‘going to get raped’ if she is kicked off – although she appears to think she is already in Cyprus
A drunk woman was thrown off an easyJet flight from Manchester after launching a tirade of abuse at fellow passengers and crew.
The plane’s captain was forced to land in Athens, Greece, when trouble erupted on the way to Paphos, Cyprus, on Friday night.
Four passengers were thrown off the flight after reports they were drunk and arguing with others on board, the Manchester Evening News reports.
A video taken by one passenger shows crew surrounding one woman with a Liverpudlian accent – who claims to be 23 and from Birkenhead, Wirral – before removing her.
She repeatedly shouts ‘are you taking the ****?’ at one crew member who is trying to calm her down before standing and launching into a bizarre rant at him, saying: “Do you want me to be a prostitute?”
The woman shouts at a member of staff as he tries desperately to calm her down (Image: MEN)
As efforts continued to calm the woman, she sits down in her seat and then becomes tearful and claims she is ‘going to get raped’ if she is thrown off the flight, although she appears to think she is already in Cyprus.
The crew member tells her: “Listen to me. Do you want to walk off here or do you want to be dragged off in a pair of handcuffs?”
Seeing another passenger filming the episode, she lashes out and says: “Getting your ‘******* phone out of my face.”
Appearing to cry, she adds: “I’m scared. I just want to go home…. Please take me home… Please. I don’t even want to go on holiday. Please take me home.”
As she is being led down the aisle, she shouts at another passenger: “Why the **** are you recording me you ugly bitch.”
Fellow passengers can then be heard cheering and clapping as the woman is taken off the plane.
It is believed the women were arrested by police in Athens.
The Easyjet service, flight EZY1975, continued on its way to Cyprus. The delay meant a scheduled return trip to Manchester had to be postponed until Saturday as the crew had run out of hours they are legally allowed to work.
Fellow passengers reported that the woman had been drunk before they boarded the flight and that they had smuggled their own drinks on board.
One passenger said: “They were all very drunk, drinking their own drinks on the flight. And they started swearing and fighting and threatening others passengers so the plane had to divert to Athens.”
A spokesman for easyJet said: “EasyJet can confirm that flight EZY1975 from Manchester to Paphos on 23 March was diverted to Athens and met by the police on arrival where four passengers were offloaded as a result of disruptive behaviour onboard and the flight continued to Paphos once the passengers were offloaded.
“EasyJet’s crew are trained to assess and evaluate all situations and to act quickly and appropriately to ensure that the safety of the flight and other passengers is not compromised at any time.
“Whilst such incidents are rare we take them very seriously, do not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour onboard and always push for prosecution.
“The safety and wellbeing of passengers and crew is always easyJet’s priority.”