An irate elderly woman allegedly slapped a male flight attendant in the face and urinated over three seats after he denied her a free alcoholic beverage then took away the drink she was consuming. The outburst forced a flight diversion, where it took several officers to pull the woman off the flight.
Elderly Woman Slaps Male Flight Attendant, Prompting Munich Diversion
The incident occurred on Jet2 flight LS819 from Manchester (MAN) to Rhodes (RHO). As the story goes, the passenger, a woman who appeared to be in her 70s, requested a free glass of Champagne from flight attendants onboard the Boeing 757 jet.
(Side note – Jet2 does sell Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne 75cl onboard for £30.00)
When that request was denied, she ordered a gin & tonic, which was served. But she apparently grew more “boisterous” and the drink was taken away from her. That’s when all hell broke loose.
In a fit of rage, the woman allegedly slapped a male flight attendant and proceeded to urinate on her seat and those around her. She also cursed and allegedly tried to open the aircraft door. The decision was made to divert and the flight landed in Munich (MUC) to offload the passenger.
In Munich, she was escorted off the airplane by nine police officers. The plane spent two hours on the ground before proceeding to Rhodes.
A Jet2 spokesperson said:
“We can confirm that flight LS819 from Manchester to Rhodes was diverted to Munich Airport yesterday so that a disruptive passenger could be offloaded. We would like to apologize to customers for this unforeseen delay and any inconvenience caused.
The health and safety of our colleagues and customers remain our number one priority and, as a family-friendly airline, we take a zero-tolerance approach to disruptive behavior. We will not hesitate to vigorously pursue any costs incurred as a result of this diversion.”
The urination part is particularly sad and demonstrates a lack of self-control. I understand that may point to some issues that go beyond simply a careless over-consumption of alcohol, but the woman’s repeated demands for free booze strike me as demonstrating she knew exactly what she was doing.
An elderly woman was removed from a Jet2 flight after attacking flight attendants. Alcohol appears to be at the root of the issue. It is not clear if she faces any charges or how aggressively Jet2 will come after her for diversion costs.
I believe that alcohol is a gift when used responsibly, but has the great danger of causing chaos like the story above when abused. We must all exercise responsibility when drinking…