EasyJet passengers’ holiday feeling was no doubt dampened somewhat after they were delayed for almost an hour when a traveller allegedly caused havoc by locking himself in the loo. The man’s supposed action’s caused the first landing, on the route from Faro in Portugal to Gatwick in London, to be abandoned as the cabin was not sufficiently prepared. The craft then had to wait on the runway after arriving and taxiing, for police to be called and deal with the incident. Kieran Crowley, 44, was said to have only become disruptive when the final ‘fasten seatbelt’ signs lit up on board the budget aircraft.
He allegedly demanded he be allowed to use the toilet, where he promptly stayed for 10 minutes.
Flight attendants were said to have repeatedly knocked on the door, before being forced to unlock it.
One passenger, Tom Porter, told the Daily Mail a man on board was shouting at people and “telling them to die”.
He added: “The whole episode was shocking, and not what you want to see.”
EasyJet confirmed an incident took place onboard flight EZY8926 and said in a statement to the Independent: “While such incidents are rare we take them very seriously, do not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour onboard and always push for prosecution.
“EasyJet’s cabin 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.
“Safety is always easyJet’s highest priority.”
Crowley was charged with using abusive and threatening language and behaviour that was “racially aggravated”, according to Sussex police.
He was also charged with “two counts of assault on an emergency worker and assault on an emergency worker in the exercise of their duty.”
Crowley has been released on bail and is due to appear before Crawley Magistrates’ Court on June 19.
Meanwhile, in a completely separate incident, easyJet flights to and from Inverness Airport are set to be scrapped tomorrow, due to a strike.
Staff will walk out tomorrow, Wednesday, in a 24-hour spate of industrial action.
Workers at the transport hub, which operates regional flights to destinations across England and international routes to Amsterdam, will walk out for a day following ongoing disputes over pay.
A spokesperson for the airport warned the impact of the Prospect union members walk out may last longer than the single day, and urged travellers on airlines such as easyJet and Flybe to check their routes scheduled for May 24 also.
They posted on Twitter: “Due to strike action we will be closed to air traffic on 23rd May.
“We are working closely with airlines to mitigate the effect of the strike, so please check with your airline if you are travelling on 22nd, 23rd or 24th May.
“We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause.”