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Holiday Jet Forced to U-Turn After Two Passengers’ Disruptive Behavior

Travelers Today       By    Angela Ordonez

Updated: Nov 01, 2016 02:38 PM EDT

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Monarch, a holiday jet, was obliged to turn back to its destination after a passenger set himself with a lighter fuel, according to Stuff.

Passengers of Monarch Airlines going to Birmingham, United Kingdom from Tenerife in the Canary Islands waited for hours as it turned back on October 27th, as reported by Stuff.co.nz.

A man doused his hands with lighter fluid, set himself on fire, and tried to ignite the lighter in a hostess' face, as one of the passengers stated on ITV News.

According to Stuff, "A passenger was setting fire to his own hands, so the stewardess asked the passenger for the lighter for the duration of the flight," another witness said.

Reports stated that the passenger was arrested at Tenerife South Airport and a second man was asked to leave the aircraft.

According to Daily Mail news, a Monarch spokesman said that, "Monarch can confirm that two passengers were offloaded on board Monarch flight ZB933 from Tenerife to Birmingham on 27 October 2016 due to disruptive behavior.

"The flight had departed for Birmingham but diverted back to Tenerife airport where a passenger was subsequently arrested upon arrival."

"'Monarch takes a zero-tolerance approach to disruptive behaviour on board all of our flights. The safety and security of our passengers, crew and aircraft is our absolute priority," the spokesman added.

The passengers were sent off to Portugal after the delay, where they are going to wait longer before going back to UK, as per Stuff.

"Due to crew operating hours expiring the flight is now positioning to Faro, Portugal where a new crew will be available for the return to Birmingham. Customers will be provided with refreshment vouchers upon arrival in Faro", Monarch spokesman further said.

Since 1968, Monarch is the longest surviving airline brands of the United Kingdom, as mentioned by the Stuff.

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