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EasyJet passengers get cabin crew thrown off flight after dispute with black men

The stand-off happened before the flight to Malaga on Thursday from London’s Gatwick Airport as a passenger mutiny forced the removal of the crew after ‘unacceptable’ treatment of the men

Angry EasyJet passengers successfully had the cabin crew from their flight replaced after they attempted to throw two black men off.

The dispute begun when the air hostess called armed police to deal with the complaint.

Four officers boarded flight from London’s Gatwick Airport to Malaga on Thursday.

They were summoned to deal with the ‘disobedient passengers’ after the men were asked to put on their shoes during take-off.

The attendant demanded their removal as the officers entered the plane – taking their passports before offloading their luggage.

But their fellow passengers staged a mutiny after claiming the move was a total over-reaction.

One says the men simply ‘huffed’ after being asked to put their footwear back on – and were in no way rude or abusive.

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Footage of the incident has been widely shared on social media
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Videos showed them telling the men to ‘sit down’ and ‘not get off’ as they demanded the crew were instead taken off the flight.

The captain them made an announcement telling customers a replacement crew would be coming on board for the journey.

One of the passengers has described how they were ‘polite’ before things suddenly escalated.

The footage was filmed by 28-year-old Luke Gayle, 28, who sat a few rows in front.

He questioned whether the men’s race played a factor in the crew’s reaction.

Speaking to MailOnline, he said: “They huffed, but that was it.



Customers have complained to EasyJet about the incident, which happened before takeoff
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“I am a racial justice ambassador and I kind of know how unconscious racial bias works. Obviously it’s very difficult in these situations to say it was a racial issue, it’s difficult to prove that, however, was there some kind of unconscious bias there?

“Because it seems so dramatic to call the police and have a plane with 160-odd passengers turn around and be delayed for someone huffing at them.”

He went on to say the ‘whole flight’ said the crew’s behaviour was unacceptable and wouldn’t let it go.

Customers have since complained to the airline about the incident, before the plane left Gatwick.

An EasyJet spokesperson said: “The primary responsibility of our crew is for the safety of everyone onboard.

“An issue arose onboard the flight during taxi, the aircraft returned to stand and was met by airport police to resolve the issue before safely departing with all passengers onboard.







“Our crew must ensure that safety requirements are followed by all passengers and as part of their role must check prior to take-off that everyone is compliant with these.

“This is particularly important for passengers seated in emergency exits rows where crew ensure there are no loose items during take-off.

“We are aware of the feedback from some customers onboard on how this was handled.

“We take feedback of this nature seriously and have been in touch with them to discuss their experience and assure them that we will review this internally.

“The safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew is our highest priority.”











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