Manchester to Greece flight diverted because of 'disruptive passenger'

A Boeing 757 airplane operated by Thomson Image copyright AIRTEAMIMAGES.COM
Image caption The flight was heading from Manchester to Heraklion

A flight from Manchester to Greece was diverted to Bulgaria because of "disruptive behaviour" by a passenger, an airline has confirmed.

Thomson flight TOM 2570 left Manchester at 19:51 BST on Friday and finally got to its destination of Heraklion almost three hours late because of the detour.

Thomson said the passenger was removed from the aircraft and met by police.

The airline apologised to other passengers on board the flight, which landed in Greece at 03:41 local time.

It had been due to land at Heraklion at 01:00 CET (00:00 BST).

In a statement the airline, which would not comment on the nature of the disruption, said: "We operate a zero tolerance policy in relation to any disruptive behaviour.

"One passenger was removed from the aircraft and met by police. The flight departed within two hours to ensure the other customers could get away on their holiday as soon as possible.

"Customer safety is our priority at all times and we would like to reassure passengers that incidents of this nature are extremely rare."

Manchester Airport said it would not be commenting on the incident.

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