Plane passenger arrested at airport after hand luggage row

Woman says she was treated like "criminal" over size of her luggage

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woman arrested after hand luggage row

A woman was arrested at Geneva airport following an argument with easyJet staff allegedly over the size of her handbag.

Luciana Bisignani, from Italy, was boarding the low-cost flight to Venice on Sunday when she was asked to put her handbag inside her suitcase.

The 48-year-old claims that when she failed to do so, she was stopped from boarding the flight and an air steward tore her identity card, before she was thrown to the ground by police and arrested.

Speaking to Italian newspaper Il Mattino, she said she was "treated like a criminal, handcuffed and taken to a cell, only for not managing to put my handbag inside a suitcase."

The Local reports that she spent two hours in jail and spent the night in the airport, before buying a new ticket to return home to Italy.

An easyJet spokesperson told The Local that "a passenger behaved in a disruptive way and so was met by the police at Geneva airport".

A statement read: "easyJet takes all incidents of disruptive behaviour on board very seriously.

"The safety and welfare of our passengers and crew is easyJet's highest priority.

"We apologise for any inconvenience caused to fellow passengers."

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