Drunk Women Force Landing: Is Jail Time Likely For The British Airways Passengers?

By IScience Times Staff Reporter on January 3, 2013 5:42 PM EST

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How drunk were the two women who grounded the British Airways flight? Very, it seems. They allegedly cursed at children, tried to storm the cockpit and refused to sit in their seats. A hangover, it turns out, will be the least of their worries. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Two drunk women forced a landing on British Airways flight going from London's Gatwick Airport to Tunis after trying to storm the cockpit and smoke in the lavatory.

"[The drunk women] decided they were going to meet the captain and marched towards the cockpit," a passenger told The Sun newspaper. "It was very frightening."

British Airways said crew members decided to land in Lyon when the women would not calm down. Assessing the situation as dangerous and disruptive to passengers, the crew rerouted the flight and made an emergency landing.

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"Our customers and flying crew deserve a safe and enjoyable flight experience," British Airways said in a statement. "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."

The women, who are 43 and 50, allegedly starting cursing at children and refused to return to their seats after being asked a number of times by crew members. Another passenger said the two women threatened to track down and kill the family of one of the stewardesses.

When the plane landed, French policemen boarded the plane and arrested the two women. The women, who have not yet been identified by authorities, are subject to steep fines or jail time. Either way, a hangover will be the least of their worries.

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