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Belfast bound flight delayed after row between cabin crew

An Easyjet flight to Belfast was delayed by more than an hour after two cabin crew had to be removed due to an argument. Picture by Barry Batchelor/PA Wire
John Monaghan

A FLIGHT to Belfast was delayed by more than a hour after two air stewards were removed from the plane due to an argument.

The Easyjet flight had been due to leave London Gatwick at 3pm on Wednesday, but an apparent row over "unwrapping water bottles" led to the cabin crew being removed.

Dan Lobb, the TV presenter and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant, was on the flight and tweeted that the row had been caused by "a disagreement over unwrapping water bottles or something".

Mr Lobb tweeted: "This is a first. My @easyJet flight has returned to gate because the cabin crew have had a tiff! One crew member being offloaded. Delayed.

"This is quite incredible. We've all worked with people we don't get on with right? But this tiff means a 1 hr flight is delayed!!'



Mr Lobb later made light of the situation with a reference to the controversy over train seats which has engulfed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

"Just to finish my @easyJet day on a positive note, I didn't pass any empty seats and found mine with ease. 1C".

An Easyjet spokeswoman said: "EasyJet can confirm that flight EZY835 from London Gatwick to Belfast returned to stand to replace two crew members following a verbal disagreement between them."

'The safety and welfare of our passengers and crew is easyJet's highest priority and in order to deliver this easyJet's cabin crew need to be able to work as a team."

The spokeswoman added: "We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by the resulting delay."

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