An easyJet flight from Manchester, UK to Alicante in Spain was forced to return to its stand twice because of rowdy behaviour by drunk passengers.
According to CNN, the two separate groups of passengers were involved in Thursday’s incidents, according to a statement from easyJet, which linked the delay to the consumption of alcohol.
“We are aware that some passengers were drinking their own alcohol onboard and prior to flight in the terminal,” the airline said.
“Police met the aircraft to remove the passengers before it continued to Alicante.”
Flight EZY1919 eventually landed in Spain more than 3.5 hours behind schedule.
The airline said its staff are trained to act quickly to ensure the safety of flights.
“Whilst such incidents are rare, we take them very seriously, and do not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour on board,” said easyJet.
“The safety and well-being of customers and crew is our highest priority.”
CNN has contacted Greater Manchester Police for comment.