Bristol Airport flight axed over 'disruptive' passengers

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Image caption More than 140 passengers were taken off the plane at Bristol Airport

A flight was cancelled and a man arrested after "disruptive" passengers treated a plane like "a nightclub".

A Bristol-to-Prague Easyjet flight with more than 140 on board was delayed and eventually cancelled on Friday night.

Avon and Somerset Police said a 32-year-old Merthyr Tydfil man was arrested for a public order offence and released under investigation.

Easyjet said it did not tolerate abusive behaviour and will "always push for prosecution".

A Bristol Airport spokesperson said the "disappointing behaviour of a few" had ruined a flight "not just for their mates but for the 140 plus whose flight was cancelled as a result of their follow-up actions".

They added: "It's an aircraft, not a nightclub."

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Image caption The airline offered the other passengers refunds or free flight transfers

Easyjet said its crew had done "everything possible to minimise the disruption" for its remaining passengers.

A spokesperson said: "Easyjet was required to cancel flight EZY6267 from Bristol to Prague on Friday due to a group of passengers behaving disruptively on board which caused a delay.

"Whilst such incidents are rare, we take them very seriously, do not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour on board and always push for prosecution."

The airline said passengers were given the option of transferring their flight free of charge or receiving a refund. Hotel accommodation and meals were also provided.

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