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'Drunk' Women Force Crew To Divert BA Flight
A British Airways plane to north Africa had to be diverted because of the alleged drunken behaviour of two women passengers.
The women, aged 43 and 50, reportedly tried to force their way into the cockpit on the flight from Gatwick to Tunis.
According to The Sun newspaper, they swore in front of children, refused to return to their seats when directed, and threatened to kill the family of a stewardess.
The flight - which left Gatwick on the afternoon of New Year's Eve - was diverted to Lyon in eastern France.
French police then boarded the plane and detained the women.
The pair spent the night in custody before being flown back to London on New Year's Day.
British Airways said UK police are now looking into the disturbance.
"Our customers and flying crew deserve a safe and enjoyable flight," a British Airways spokeswoman said.
"We do not tolerate any disruptive behaviour on board our flights.
"Monday's BA2664 service was diverted following the disruptive behaviour of two female passengers."