What happens when you cross a legless man with too much alcohol and a flight on EasyJet? Answer: a diversion.
I try to resist writing about these sorts of stories, but this one I cannot help but to poke fun at. An EasyJet flight from Manchester to Marrakech diverted to Lisbon when a drunk (aka, “legless”) man attacked a cabin crewmember…twice.
Fellow passengers allege that the man had been drinking in Manchester prior to boarding. Onboard, the man — who won friends though his jovial manner despite being legless — was treated to several rounds of drinks.
The legless man became combative, uttering racial slurs towards other passengers. A FA interceded, but the man grabbed the FA by the neck twice in a stranglehold. Although the flight was only an hour from Marrakech, the pilot opted to divert to Lisbon.
The diversion delayed over 200 passengers, some of whom were bussed for over an hour to hotel rooms in the Lisbon area (provided by EasyJet). Food and drink vouchers were also provided.
It’s easy to make alcohol the villain rather than irresponsible people. I don’t make that argument here. But I do question why anyone would buy drinks for a man that was already drunk. I know EasyJet and other budget carriers depend upon ancillary fees for survival, but apparently the legless man was not the only drunk passenger onboard. Other passengers reported that several passengers were “puking” from excessive drinking. All I know is that it makes me want to avoid EasyJet…
Meanwhile, at least this drunk couple was caught earlier enough. What an airline…