Bag of salt prank sparks holiday chaos as 14 Scots are booted off flight to …

MILE-high mayhem was sparked after a joker stuffed a bag of salt in his mate s hand luggage, it was claimed last night. Fourteen Scots were kicked off a flight from Glasgow to Tenerife on Friday over alleged disruptive behaviour. The Jet21 plane was diverted to Faro in Portugal halfway through the journey.

The costly move for the airline meant passengers faced a three-hour delay. And the group blamed for the hold-up were not allowed to fly on and were instead left stranded in Portugal. Yesterday, fellow passengers said the incident started when cabin crew spotted a bag of suspicious white powder
mid-flight. It turned out to be a bag of salt stashed by one of the group as a prank.

The 14-strong group, mostly from Glasgow, included Lee Farrell, 30, and his 33-year-old brother Martin. Yesterday, their mum Debbie Gallagher, 52, said: It has been ridiculous. The way the airline treated those boys is outrageous.

They are decent, hard-working men. Some of them are fathers.

I spoke with Lee about what happened. This was just a practical joke by one of them and it was blown out of all proportion.

The air hostess spotted the salt in the bag.

Half of them were still sleeping when the police came on board and took them off.

Folk round about them could verify there was no trouble.

Fellow passenger Laura Anne Gilgis said: If the bag of salt was such a concern then it should ve been spotted well before the flight boarded.

I was on this flight and the boys were not causing any havoc whatsoever.

Bag Of Salt Prank Sparks <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Chaos As 14 Scots Are Booted Off Flight To ... The Scots lads are taken off the flight at Faro

Jet2 claimed the group got so aggressive and verbally abusive that the captain made the immediate decision to divert for the safety of his team and the other customers . When the flight landed at Faro, the group were escorted off by local police. It is understood they were not charged with any offence but they were all given lifetime bans by the airline, who have reported the incident to Police Scotland2.

When the Record contacted Martin yesterday, he said: We ll be making complaints against Jet2 when we get
back but we re not really in a position to talk just now. Lee wrote on Facebook: Amazing how people jump to conclusions. Not a bit of alcohol was served to us on
the flight. Has no one else ever been happy/excited to go on holiday?

There was zero aggression towards any member of the flight staff. Not even a raised voice from our party.

The passengers sitting around us would confirm we never caused this incident.

Pal Neil Riddell posted pictures of the group enjoying the sun in Portugal, where they spent the weekend instead of Tenerife. They are understood to be coming home today. Jet2 refused to comment about the salt prank. They said: We ve made a complaint to Police Scotland regarding the incident and they are now investigating the matter.

Police Scotland confirmed that they had received a complaint, adding: Inquiries are ongoing to establish the exact circumstances. Jet2 adopt a zero-tolerance policy towards drunk and rowdy passengers and have called for a national database
to stop them flying with any registered airlines. In July, they banned Paul Strain3 and Kevin Brady for life for extreme anti-social behaviour 4 on a flight from Glasgow to Dalaman, Turkey.

They also banned Jamie Ferguson for anti-social behaviour on a Glasgow-Ibiza5 flight in July and claimed 2700 from him for their losses.

References

  1. ^ Jet2 (www.dailyrecord.co.uk)
  2. ^ Police Scotland (www.dailyrecord.co.uk)
  3. ^ Paul Strain (www.dailyrecord.co.uk)
  4. ^ Kevin Brady for life for extreme anti-social behaviour (www.dailyrecord.co.uk)
  5. ^ Jamie Ferguson for anti-social behaviour on a Glasgow-Ibiza (www.dailyrecord.co.uk)

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