A 25-year-old woman who had allegedly stormed into the cockpit of a Jet2 flight and yelled "I'll kill you all" has been handed an £85,000 ($105,859) fine by the airline for her behavior.
Chloe Haines had to be restrained by the airline staff and fellow passengers for causing havoc on the flight on June 22.
Her rant began just 45 minutes into the flight which took off from Stansted Airport bound for Turkey. Haines, who works at a Costa Coffee, sparked major hijack alert after she allegedly tried to open the emergency exit doors mid-flight.
Two RAF Typhoon fighters had to be sent to intercept the Airbus 321. Pictures taken on the flight show Haines lying down in the middle of the aisle before being arrested on suspicion of assault and endangering an aircraft.
"Miss Haines’ behavior was one of the most serious cases of disruptive passenger behavior that we have experienced. She must now face up to the consequences of her actions, and we will vigorously pursue to recover the costs that we incurred as a result of this divert, as we do with all disruptive passengers," CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, Steve Heapy was quoted as saying by the Sun.
He also added that since they were a "family-friendly airline" they had a zero-tolerance policy about disruptive and unruly behavior.
"We hope that this sobering incident, with its very serious consequences, provides a stark warning to others who think that they can behave in this fashion."
Passengers onboard the flight revealed that they were absolutely terrified as shocking footage showed staff pinning the woman down as she started to scream.
Witnesses shared that they had feared for their lives after Haines attempted to open the emergency exit door. Amy Varol who was sitting just two rows behind said, "The woman was walking down the aisle when she literally ran to the exit door. She had her hands on the handle trying to open it."
"Luckily there were two cabin crew there who pulled her off the door. She started assaulting the two crew members, a woman, and a man. A big guy then literally threw her down to the floor and there was one person holding one arm and another person holding the other. Then a man sat on her and one person was holding her leg and someone else holding the other one. That's when she started screaming 'get off me, I'm going to kill everyone'," Varol shared.