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Easyjet flight from London to Greece grounded and Brit held over distubance

The flight from London to Greece had to make an emergency landing (Picture: Getty)

A British man is being held in a Greek jail accused of forcing a plane to make an emergency landing over a drunken brawl.

The 22-year-old was flying from London when he allegedly tried to fight crew members and other passengers.

The easyJet service to Paphos had to be diverted to Thessaloniki late on Friday night.

He has been charged with a raft of offences, including endangering transportation and the safety of the aircraft.

The charge sheet says several empty bottles of alcoholic drinks were found on his seat.

Greek authorities did not disclose the identity of the suspect.

He appeared in court before a prosecutor earlier tody.

The man is being held pending an appearance before an examining magistrate on Monday.

He will enter a plea at that court hearing but will be held in custody until then.

A spokesperson for the airline confirmed the diverted flight ‘was met by police on arrival due to a passenger behaving disruptively’.

They added: ‘Easyjet’s cabin crew are trained to assess and evaluate all situations and to act quickly and appropriately to ensure that the safety of the flight and other passengers is not compromised at any time.

‘Whilst such incidents are rare, we take them very seriously and do not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour towards our staff. 

‘The safety and wellbeing of passengers and crew is always our highest priority.’

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