A hangry passenger caused an easyJet flight to make an emergency landing after a flight attendant was punched in the face over a sandwich. An unnamed passenger became hungry mid-flight and requested a sandwich. However, the flight attendant did not make it back to the passenger’s seat with the sandwich in a “reasonable” amount of time, so the passenger decided to take matters into his own hands by punching the woman in the face.
Sky News reports that an easyJet passenger plane flying from Geneva to Pristina in Kosovo was forced to make an emergency landing in Rome after the angry passenger physically assaulted the stewardess. It was reported that the stewardess suffered minor physical injuries and her glasses were broken. However, she was able to receive treatment at the medical facilities at the airport in Rome.
The flight attendant says she was “shocked” by the passengers behavior and had never seen anything like it over a sandwich.
“I was totally shocked. I can’t understand how anyone could react so violently over a sandwich.”
Passengers sitting near the incident claim that the angry passenger became violent when the stewardess did not bring him his sandwich in a timely manner. One fellow passenger says that the man screamed, “I’ve been waiting for hours, I’m hungry!” before punching the woman in the face. After the violent outburst, other passengers helped flight attendants restrain the man until the emergency landing could be made. Once at the airport, the man was taken by police for assaulting the flight attendant.
A spokesperson for the easyJet airline confirmed the incident and says that the rowdy passenger was met by police upon arrival in Rome.
“EasyJet can confirm that flight EZS1483 from Geneva to Pristina on 31 March diverted to Rome as a result of a passenger onboard behaving in a disruptive manner. The aircraft was met by the police on arrival in Rome and the passenger was arrested. The safety and wellbeing of passengers and crew is always easyJet’s priority.”
The New York Daily News reports that the plane was carrying 180 passengers at the time of the sandwich incident. However, easyJet says that all 180 passengers were able to get on alternative flights to Pristina later in the day.
Can you believe a passenger would get so upset over the paltry food offerings of today’s airlines? What additional measures do you think airlines should take to ensure the safety of their crew?
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