A rowdy stag party member who forced a flight from Leeds to be diverted nearly 500 miles from its intended destination is facing a bill of almost £5,000 for the trouble.
Jet2 has invoiced Grant Marshall for £4,809 in costs following his “offensive behaviour” on board a flight to Alicante in May.
Marshall, who was among a party of 14, refused repeated requests to stop drinking alcohol or using intimidating language and threatening behaviour, the airline said.
The pilot was eventually forced to land at Toulouse, where Marshall was handed over to French police.
As well as the costs, Marshall, from Teesside, has also been banned from Jet2 flights for life.
Jet2 managing director Phil Ward said: “To protect the safety and comfort of our loyal customers and staff, we openly pledged to take actions to stamp out antisocial behaviour on board and that is exactly what we are doing. Jet2 is a holiday airline, so we want holidaymakers to have a wonderful time from the moment they start their holiday with us.
“More than 1,150 passengers were inconvenienced that day by Mr Marshall’s antisocial and unacceptable behaviour. This is why we issued him with this bill for the costs involved.
“Most passengers have a fantastic time travelling and of course know how to behave onboard, which is why we need to stop disorderly behaviour from the few like Mr Marshall.”