Published On: Thu, Jul 11th, 2024
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Jet2 issues ‘prison time’ warning to people buying duty free at airport | Travel News | Travel

Budget airline Jet2 has issued a ‘prison time’ warning to anyone buying from duty free at the airport.

The operator has issued the warning after a woman who had been flying with Jet2 was this week jailed for four months for abusing and threatening staff.

Emma Woolley was found smoking in the toilet while drinking alcohol she bought at duty free during a flight between Leeds Bradford Airport and Antalya in Turkey.

Jet2 staff were forced to call police to ‘offload’ the woman, citing a zero tolerance approach.

She was jailed at Leeds Crown Court this week, with Judge Ray Singh saying: “I can’t avoid an immediate custodial sentence. These type of offences have to be met with a deterrent to ensure others do not behave in the way that you did.”

Now Jet2 is warning anyone buying alcohol in duty free at the airport that they cannot behave ‘in a disruptive manner’ onboard.

Phil Ward, Managing Director of said: “This sentencing should send out a stark and sobering example to the tiny minority of people who cannot enjoy their flight responsibly.

“This summer we will fly millions of hardworking customers and families away to enjoy their well-deserved holidays, but sadly there are a handful of people who behave in a disruptive fashion, often fuelled by alcohol that has been purchased in duty free and is then illicitly consumed onboard. Our message to them is very simple – we take a zero tolerance approach to disruptive passenger behaviour, as do the courts – and by acting irresponsibly you run the risk of a criminal record and even a prison sentence.

“As a family friendly airline, we will not hesitate to take action against disruptive passenger behaviour. That includes issuing bans, billing disruptive customers for costs that we incur, and working with the authorities to support successful prosecutions.

“Ms. Woolley must now face the consequences of her behaviour and we are confident that this sentencing will send out a very clear message to others about how severe the consequences can be.”

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