Flight BA2664 had departed from London’s Gatwick Airport for Tunis, Tunisia. But the plan went awry when it was diverted to Lyon, the airline said, following “the continued disruptive behavior of two female passengers.”
Because the drunken women refused to behave, the flight was grounded in Lyon.
British tabloid The Sun said the women, still unidentified, who are 50 and 43, were drinking Malibu rum and cursed at children passengers.
In addition to reportedly threatening kill one of the BA stewardess’ family members, they attempted to storm the cockpit to meet the pilot and then proceeded to hide in the bathroom, where they tried to smoke, the paper reported.
The Sun quoted one of the passengers as saying, “They decided they were going to meet the captain and marched towards the cockpit. It was very frightening.”
British Airways released a statement regarding the fiasco aboard their Boeing 737 that landed in Lyon:
“Our customers and flying crew deserve a safe and enjoyable flight experience,” the spokesperson said. “We do not tolerate any disruptive behavior onboard our flights.
“They were handed over to the custody of the French police and detained upon arrival in Lyon.”
According to The Sun the women spent the night in a French cell and then were sent on a flight back to Britain.
They might also be banned from British Airways, the site wrote.