Passengers stunned as EasyJet flight is intercepted by fighter jet en route to Menorca
Footage shows the shocking moment an easyJet flight from the UK was intercepted by a Spanish Air Force fighter jet. Check it out:
However, the passengers of the Airbus G-EZAO were shocked when they noticed an F18 fighter jet flying alongside them as their flight was due to land.
Sharing a clip of the moment online, Twitter user Ian Leslie wrote: “@easyJet #a319 G-EZAO intercepted by Spanish Air Force en route to Menorca. Passengers not yet cleared to depart .”
The news was confirmed by the low-cost airline, with a spokesperson citing “precautionary security checks”.
In a statement shared with single flightThey said: “easyJet can confirm that flight EZY8303 from London Gatwick to Menorca was escorted by military aircraft while landing in Menorca and delayed disembarkation due to preventive security checks.
“The passengers have since disembarked.
“The safety and security of its passengers and crew is always easyJet’s top priority and we would like to thank passengers for their understanding.”
Many people commented on the video on Twitter, with one offering his theory as to why the plane was intercepted.
“This was a security procedure due to a fake on-board bomb threat that was posted on social media, allegedly by some young occupants themselves, just for ‘fun’,” they said. they said, although that claim was not acknowledged by officials.
Although that flight was finally able to land, some easyJet customers may never even take off as the airline is set to cancel thousands of flights throughout the busy summer season.
The news comes as airports and airlines continue to struggle with an influx of customers following the coronavirus pandemic, with many understaffed to cope with traveler numbers.
The company previously planned to operate around 90% of its 2019 capacity in the three months to June before increasing to 97% in July, August and September.
However, it later reduced those figures to 87% and 90% respectively, with easyJet explaining that it had to take such measures amid unprecedented restrictions imposed by various European airports.
Johan Lundgren, chief executive of easyJet, said in a statement: “Providing a safe and reliable operation for our customers in this difficult environment is easyJet’s highest priority and we are sorry that for some customers we have not not been able to provide the service they have come to expect from us.
“We believe this is the right action to take so that we can deliver to all of our customers during the peak summer period in this challenging environment.”