The airline has already handed out bans or refused travel to more than 500 passengers due to 'disruptive behaviour' and 58 of the 500 have been added to the airlines lifetime flying ban file.
French Police boarded the plane after it landed in Nantes, France arrested and took the male passenger into custody, in the process has been handed a lifetime ban by the airline and will appear before French magistrates. The French like the UK take a dim view of anyone allegedly 'endangering a plane' and the consequences are severe.
In addition, according to the Crown Prosecution Service "Courts in the United Kingdom have power to deal with offences which are committed on-board any aircraft whilst on the ground or in the air over the United Kingdom, in addition Section 92 Civil Aviation Act (CAA) 1982, as amended by the Civil Aviation (Amendment) Act 1996, confers jurisdiction in respect of offences committed on British-controlled aircraft whilst "in flight" outside the United Kingdom and United Kingdom airspace."
The CAA defines "British-controlled aircraft": Under the same section, courts in the United Kingdom will have jurisdiction in respect of offences committed on a foreign aircraft (except for military aircraft) outside United Kingdom airspace.
The CAA, Jet2, and Police Scotland airline have already launched an investigation into the incident.
As well as a lifetime ban, Jet2 wants to see the passenger prosecuted and will seek to recoup the costs incurred by flight diversion. [If the passenger is found guilty of any offence].
Phil Ward, managing director of Jet2.com, said: “This passenger’s [alleged] conduct was absolutely unacceptable. We apologise to those customers who had to witness such disruptive and abusive behaviour and for the delay to their journey home.
“Our Onboard Together initiative commits us to a zero tolerance stance against such anti-social actions. Passengers should be in no doubt that the consequences of being overly aggressive towards fellow customers and our crew will lead to a divert and subsequent fines and prosecutions."
Since Jet2.com launched Onboard Together more than 500 passengers have been refused travel due to disruptive behaviour and 58 of these have been given lifetime bans.
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