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Man arrested after allegedly making homophobic comments to easyJet crew

The Guildford man was arrested after landing at Gatwick Airport

2018-12-18

Words: Steve Brown

A man was arrested after allegedly making homophobic comments to an easyJet flight crew.

The 42-year-old man from Guildford was travelling from Tenerife to London Gatwick when he allegedly began verballing abusing a member of the crew with homophobic comments, the Evening Standard reported.

Gatwick Police tweeted: “Drunk passenger arrested upon landing into Gatwick Airport tonight due to him verbally abusing a member of crew with homophobic comments during the flight.

“Unacceptable and we will be robust with individuals.”

A spokesperson for the airline confirmed that their flight was met by police when they landed in Gatwick.

They said: “easyJet can confirm that flight EZY8706 from Tenerife to London Gatwick was met by police on arrival at London Gatwick due to a passenger behaving disruptively.

“easyJet’s cabin crew are trained to assess and evaluate all situations and to act quickly and appropriately to ensure that they safety of the flight and other passengers is not compromised at any time.

“Whilst such incidents are rare we take them very seriously and do not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour onboard.

“The safety and wellbeing of passengers and crew is always easyJet’s priority.”

Officers said the man remains in custody.