Monday September 24, 2012
Family Feud on Flight To Lanzarote Forces Emergency Landing
Holidays can be stressful, especially if you are a member of the Laughton family from Hartlepool in Cleveland. As this feuding family were forced off their Thomson flight to Lanzarote from Newcastle airport last week as a row between a teenage son and his stepfather got seriously out of hand.
According to national news reports the incident took place at 35,000 feet as the family of five were making their way to the Canaries. A row erupted between 17 year old Lee Doran and his 39 year old stepfather David Laughton which proved so serious that the pilot felt he was left with no option other than to make an emergency landing at Porto airport in Portugal, where the family was ordered off the plane.
Fuming holidaymakers suffered a delay of around an hour as the family were met by police, although they were later released without charge. With Mr Laughton forced to fork out for new flights to Lanzarote via Madrid whilst Lee Doran was left behind in Portugal to make his own way home to the UK.
The incident is said to have cost Thomson some £35,000 and a company spokesperson stated; “We would like to apologise to passengers for any disruption encountered during the flight. Unfortunately a party of passengers became disruptive on board and as a last resort the flight had to be diverted to Portugal. Upon landing, the aircraft was met by local police and the passengers were removed from the flight for further questioning. Thomson operates a zero tolerance policy with regards to any disruptive behaviour on board and incidents of this type are extremely rare”.
Little surprise to find therefore that the Laughton family have been banned from taking their return flight home with Thomson once they have finished their two week stay at an all inclusive resort here on the island.