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Published on : Thursday, February 16, 2017
A group of of Orthodox Jews’ were escorted off an easyJet plane in Luton after disrupting the flight by refusing to sit next to women
The men were removed from the easyJet flight at Luton airport after boarding in Tel Aviv, on Monday, around 2.55pm.
The passengers, according to media reports , refused to take their seats next to women, claiming they could not do so for religious reasons.
However, following a 15-minute delay, the packed flight was able to take off after some female passengers moved seats.
In a statement on the incident easyJet did not get into the specifics around what caused the “disturbance”, but confirmed a disruption had taken place during the flight.
“EasyJet can confirm that flight EZY2084 from Tel Aviv to Luton was met by police on arrival due to a small group of passengers behaving disruptively by not complying with the captain and cabin crew’s request to take their seats both prior to departure from Tel Aviv and during the flight.
“For the safety of all passengers easyJet’s crew must ensure that whenever the seat belt signs are illuminated all passengers are in their seats with their seatbelts fastened.
“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.”
Bedfordshire Police were called to the airport to escort the men off the plane. The police reported that no offences had been committed.