‘Drunk’ holidaymaker, 26, ‘tried to open plane’s emergency exit in mid-air’ as two RAF Typhoons were scrambled to intercept Jet2 flight
- Chloe Haines was restrained by cabin crew and passengers on the Jet2 flight
- Allegedly caused two RAF jets to be scrambled to escort plane back to Stansted
- She is said to have tried to open doors during flight bound for Dalaman in Turkey
- Jet2 said she had been hit with both £85,000 bill and a lifetime ban from airline
Chloe Haines (centre) leaves Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court after today’s appearance
An ‘intoxicated’ holidaymaker tried to open the emergency exit door of a packed Jet2 passenger flight in mid-air, a court heard today.
Chloe Haines, 26, of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, was restrained by cabin crew and passengers on the flight after it left London Stansted.
Jet2 sent her an £85,000 bill after the incident on June 22 this year, which saw two RAF jets scrambled to escort the plane back to Stansted.
Haines allegedly scratched cabin crew member Charley Coombe, Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard this morning.
Two Typhoon fighters were scrambled to intercept the Airbus 321 bound for Dalaman in Turkey to guide it back to Stansted, where Haines was arrested.
She was later charged with assault by beating and a reckless or negligent act in a manner likely to endanger aircraft or people in an aircraft.
Haines appeared behind the reinforced glass of the dock in courtroom two this morning, but did not enter a plea.
She spoke only to confirm her name, age and address in the brief hearing and looked to be holding back tears.
Haines spoke only to confirm her name, age and address in the hearing in Chelmsford today
Haines, pictured (right) outside the court today, was charged with assault by beating and a reckless or negligent act in a manner likely to endanger aircraft or people in an aircraft
Haines was said to have been restrained by both crew and passengers on the flight in June
Katharine Houghton, prosecuting, told the court the matter was too serious to be heard today and must go to crown court.
The lawyer said Haines stood up shortly after take-off and threatened cabin crew.
The Typhoon fighter aircraft caused sonic booms as they flew to meet the plane and escorted it back to Stansted.
District Judge Timothy King granted Haines bail on the condition she must not enter any UK airport and sent the case to crown court where she will enter a plea.
Haines was arrested by Essex Police upon landing at London Stansted Airport on June 22 on suspicion of assault, criminal damage and endangering an aircraft
The RAF sent two Typhoon aircraft (file picture) to intercept the flight, causing sonic booms
He said: ‘This matter is too serious to be dealt with at this court.
‘All matters will be dealt with at Chelmsford Crown Court, your next appearance will be four weeks today, on December 18 at Chelmsford Crown Court .’
Jet2 said in a statement following the incident that Haines had been hit with both an £85,000 bill and a lifetime ban from the airline.
Speaking in July, Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘As a family friendly airline, we take an absolutely zero tolerance approach to disruptive behaviour.’