Police march two men off Easyjet flight after fight

Ruth Doherty

Two passengers were removed from an Easyjet plane on the runway at Southend Airport after they had a flight just before take-off.

Cabin crew had called the airport's control tower after the two men, from Hornchurch, became abusive towards each other, according to the Echo.

Police arrived at the scene, boarded the plane, and removed the two brawling men at around 4.45pm on Thursday.

A spokeswoman for Essex Police said the two men were escorted off the plane and given £80 fixed penalty notices for their abusive and out of control behaviour.

An unnamed airport source told the Echo: "I heard the police were called because passengers were fighting. The plane, which I think was going to Malaga, was ready to take off and was just waiting to get clearance."

It's not the first time police have boarded an Easyjet flight to deal with passengers; back in February, a man was arrested by four armed police on an Easyjet flight after it landed at Gatwick.

Franco Romanucci, from Stannet Way, Walington, was arrested on a flight that had come from Amsterdam after his name flagged up on airport computers as having an outstanding warrant out for his arrest for non-payment of court fines.

One onlooker described how the four policeman boarded the plane just before passengers started disembarking, showed a warrant to the cabin crew, and asked them where Romanucci was sitting.

He was taken to a Sussex police station, and a police spokeswoman told the Sutton Guardian that the fine had now been paid.

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