According to an airline spokesperson, a British Airways flight from Gatwick to Tunis was diverted to Lyon, France after two drunk middle-aged women turned rowdy and disruptive in the middle of the flight
ABC News reports that a statement by British Airways said Flight BA2664 from London's Gatwick Airport to Tunis was diverted to Lyon due to “the continued disruptive behavior of two female passengers.”
The Daily Mail reports the women aged 43 and 50, swigged from a bottle of Malibu rum and became uncontrollable. They swore at children, roamed around in the plane cabin and refused entreaties to return to their seats.
A flight attendant alleged the women threatened to track down and harm her family. According to the Daily Mail, the women reportedly hid in the Boeing 737-400’s toilet at 30,000ft and tried to smoke.
The Sun reports a passenger said: “They decided they were going to meet the captain and marched towards the cockpit. It was very frightening.”
As a result of the bizarre incident, both women have been banned from British Airways flights for life, The Inquisitr reports.
After the flight landed in Lyons, French police boarded the plane and arrested the women. A night behind bars gave them opportunity to sober up and possibly rue their actions.
According to the Daily Mail, a British Airways spokesman said: "Monday's BA2664 service from Gatwick to Tunis was diverted to Lyon following the continued disruptive behavior of two female passengers." The spokesperson continued: "Our customers and flying crew deserve a safe and enjoyable flight experience. We do not tolerate any disruptive behavior on board our flights. They were handed over to the custody of the French police and detained upon arrival in Lyon.”
According to Sky News, both women were flown back to London on New Year’s Day. British Airways officials and UK police say they are investigating the incident.