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Jet2 passenger handed lifetime ban after forcing diversion of Belfast to Ibiza flight

Jet2 handed a lifetime ban to the disruptive passenger

A "VERBALLY abusive" passenger who forced a Jet2 flight from Belfast to Ibiza to divert to Toulouse has been handed a lifetime ban by the airline.

The man was part of a stag group who were reported by other passengers to have been rowdy when they boarded the flight from Belfast International Airport at about 3.30pm on Friday.

He reportedly became aggressive after being refused alcohol on board the flight.

It followed an announcement by the captain that only alcohol bought from cabin crew could be consumed.

Jet2 said the decision to divert was taken due "the deplorable behaviour of a particularly disruptive customer" which would "not be tolerated".

A lifetime ban was handed to the passenger.

"It's very clear that consuming alcohol illicitly contributed to this behaviour," the airline told BBC NI.

"In consultation with the captain we had to take the unusual decision to divert the aircraft as the situation on board escalated and he was taken."

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