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Jet2 flight bound for UK forced to land in PORTUGAL due to disruptive passenger

Holidaymakers on a Jet2 flight returning to the UK from Gran Canaria were forced to land in Portugal after a passenger became disruptive.

The flight to Newcastle Airport had to land in Porto, 1,100 miles away from its destination, so the person could be removed from the plane.

Flight number LS542, which had taken off at 9.30pm on Sunday May 15, had been scheduled to arrive at Newcastle at around 2am.

However, the flight was diverted due to the airline's "zero-tolerance" approach to disruptive passengers.

Jet2 said: "We can confirm that flight LS542 from Gran Canaria to Newcastle diverted to Porto this morning so that a disruptive passenger could be offloaded.

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The flight was headed for Newcastle (file photo) (Newcastle Chronicle)

"As a family-friendly airline, we take a zero-tolerance approach to disruptive behaviour.

"We will not hesitate to vigorously pursue any costs incurred as a result."

It comes as the airline made the headlines this week after hitting a pair of brothers with a £50,000 bill after forcing a flight from Stansted to divert toCorfu.

Jet2 have issued a statement (File photo) (NurPhoto via Getty Images)

It was reported that passengers had been forced to wait on the tarmac for three hours and 45 minutes while the authorities dealt with the pair.

Phil Ward, Jet2 managing director, branded the incident as "deplorable" and "completely unacceptable."