Woman Fined $105,000 for Violent Outburst on a Jet2 Flight
A passenger’s actions on a Jet2 flight have not only gotten her banned from the airline, but also fined $105,000.
Passenger Chloe Haines reportedly attempted to open the plane doors and yelled threats to both passengers and crew, according to Fox News. Her outburst also triggered a hijack alert, prompting two Royal Air Force (RAF) fighter planes to escort her Jet2 flight back to Stansted Airport.
Haines has been fined for “extremely disruptive behavior” during a flight from London Stansted Airport to Dalaman, Turkey on June 22, CNN reported.
Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said in the statement, “Miss Haines’ behaviour was one of the most serious cases of disruptive passenger behaviour that we have experienced. She must now face up to the consequences of her actions, and we will vigorously pursue to recover the costs that we incurred as a result of this divert, as we do with all disruptive passengers.”
According to CNN, the amount of the fine is to compensate the airline for emergency landing costs.
Haines was arrested upon arriving back at Stansted Airport on June 22 and posted bail on July 30. It’s unclear what could have triggered this outburst. The Sun reported that Haines was “not detained under the mental health act,” which addresses rights and treatment of people with a mental health disorder in the UK.
Haines is not the first passenger to face a staggering bill for a mid-flight outburst. A Hawaiian Airlines passenger was forced to pay $98,000 for disrupting a flight in 2017, and a man on a Southwest flight faced a $250,000 fine for a confrontation with a crew member.