PASSENGERS were left stranded on a plane in Malaga airport amid security fears centring around a fellow traveller.
The Jet2 flight between Malaga and Manchester airport was delayed by two hours after the suspicious actions of one passenger resulted in widespread panic on board.
Spanish police officers led a male passenger off the plane in handcuffs after he was seen acting strangely, taking photographs of the cabin and the crew as well as posing for ‘selfies.’
An hour later, however, the man was permitted to travel: much to the fright and consternation of fellow passengers.
A witness to the incident spoke to the Manchester Evening News whilst on board the flight. The witness, who did not wish to be named, said: “We have been sitting here for almost two hours.
“A man was taking selfies with his phone and then police came on board and took him off in cuffs.
“That was about an hour ago but he’s been let back on.
“People are crying because they don’t want to travel with this man, even though apparently he’s been checked out by the Home Office and they say he’s fine.
“Some people have walked off the flight and even the air hostesses are crying.
“They have been lovely but the pilot hasn’t done anything to help.
“Jet2 have handled it really badly.”
The plane, minus several passengers who flat out refused to fly, finally touched down in Manchester at around 3.45pm on Wednesday September 4: two hours behind schedule.
A spokesperson for Jet2.com said: “A number of our passengers chose not to travel on today’s Malaga to Manchester flight because they weren’t happy travelling with a fellow passenger, despite that person clearing all required security checks.”