TOWIE stars thrown off flight after refusing to wear masks and vaping
Several stars of the latest season of hit ITVBe show The Only Way is Essex were asked to leave their flight back from the Dominican Republic, according to Pia Grace Smith.
The show newbie took to her Instagram account to reveal that she and "half the cast" were stuck in Madrid after being chucked off the plane because they didn't wear masks.
Taking to her stories, she said: "24 hours later, we're still travelling, we got chucked off the flight because we didn't wear masks, it was like half the cast that got chucked off.
"We've had to sit here in Madrid airport for 10 hours. I'm not going to get back to the UK until 11:30pm, I won't be back in my bed until 1am."
James 'Diags' Bennewith also took to his own Instagram page to complain that he "still wasn't home" confirming that they had been "chucked off the flight in Madrid" for what he called "no reason".
The group that didn't make it back to the UK on their connecting flight included James 'Diags' Bennewith, Hannah Voyan, Pia Smith, Mia Sully, Dan Edgar and Jordan Brook, with sources telling The Sun that they were spoken to by police with their behaviour being described as "lunatic."
According to reports, the "appalling behaviour" on the flight from the Dominican Republic included not complying with wearing face masks, despite repeated requests from the flight attendant staff aboard Air Europa to wear them.
The Sun also claimed some were vaping openly on the plane, ignoring the no-vaping rules.
The source said: “Fumes were visible above their seats. They were asked to stop but refused. It was appalling behaviour. Absolutely idiotic.”
An Air Europa spokeswoman confirmed an incident occured on the flight in a statement that read: "There was an incident on the flight. Following protocol, several passengers were asked to leave the plane for refusing to wear the mandatory masks and one of them for smoking inside the aircraft.
"While leaving the plane, they were accompanied by other passengers without further incident.
Meanwhile, Spain's Civil Guard confirmed: “At 2.55pm today the captain of the police requested our presence on board a plane at Madrid’s Barajas Airport which had touched down from the Dominican Republic to deal with people we were told were causing a public order disturbance.
“Civil Guard officers found these people a little upset when they reached the aircraft.
“On the indications of the captain and to avoid any more problems nine people, consisting of four men and five women who are all British nationals, were removed from the plane and after the corresponding complaint from the captain they are now set to face a fine.
“While officers were carrying out the process of identifying all the people that were removed from the plane so they can be notified of the amount of the fines at a future date, they’ve ended up missing their onward flight.
“Police are accompanying them to another flight bound for the UK so they can leave Madrid tonight.
“No arrests were made and after being accompanied off the earlier flight, the nine people removed were very co-operative.”
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