Easyjet Passenger Removed From Plane After Allegedly Sexually Harassing Flight Attendant

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
May 13, 2019Worldshare
Easyjet Passenger Removed From Plane After Allegedly Sexually Harassing Flight Attendant
An EasyJet in Nice, France, on March 21, 2012. (VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

An Easyjet passenger was removed from a plane after a stewardess said he sexually harassed her.

The flight was slated to take off from Bristol Airport in the United Kingdom on May 10, but the takeoff was delayed 90 minutes due to a group of rugby players creating a disturbance, according to The Sun.

EasyJet passenger Rachel Davies told The Sun that the group of 20 to 30 middle-aged men had clearly been drinking before boarding the plane.

“One of the men got out of his seat, when we were all supposed to have our seatbelts on, and walked down the aisle towards two female members of staff,” Davies told The Sun. “I couldn’t hear what he said to them, but one of the women said ‘I am treating this as sexual harassment.’ Then an announcement came over saying that something had happened on board, and the plane would have to return to its parking bay and wait for police.”

When officers came to remove the man who allegedly sexually harassed the stewardess, Davies said she saw the female flight attendant crying. The stewardess said she did not feel comfortable on the plane.

Passenger Aiden Larken said that he was also on the flight.

“Stuck on the runway @BristolAirport on a full @easyJet flight because a drunken idiot, part of a 20 strong rugby tour, decides to sexually harass a member of the cabin crew. Huge credit to the crew and captain for stamping out this behaviour and having zero tolerance,” he wrote on Twitter.

“The majority of passengers complained about their behaviour in the gate when boarding. If they were as chilled as you say then why would the crew make an announcement about noise and respect the fact there were families and kids onboard BEFORE the incident,” he wrote in another post.

Another Twitter user said that they were also on the plane.

“I had the displeasure of being on both legs of this @easyjet flight. I witnessed them harassing more people on the return flight! Hope the couple who stood up to them are ok. @ImperialRFC need to deal with their players!” the user said.

Police told Bristol Live that no one was arrested.

A spokesperson for Bristol Airport told the outlet that “disruptive behavior onboard an aircraft is illegal and the worst cases can result in fines, travel bans, and custodial sentences.”

A spokesperson for EasyJet added: “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. Whilst such incidents are rare we take them very seriously, do not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour onboard.”

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