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Easyjet passengers ordered off over-fuelled aircraft
January 11th, 2011 by elisa

A recent article in the Telegraph has reported on an Easyjet Boxing Day flight from Birmingham to Geneva blunder. The aircraft was apparently over-filled with 10 tonnes extra fuel so the captain asked the last 37 customers to board the plane to get off to lessen the load.

The pilot first said passengers who volunteered to get off would be given £100 and an overnight stay in a hotel. However, when some passengers refused to leave they were informed that three police officers were waiting in the airport terminal and would arrest them if necessary.

The remaining passengers might have felt lucky to have set off on the flight, but were unaware that some of their luggage had been removed from the flight to save weight also and some did not received their baggage for another five days.

A spokesperson for Easyjet said: “We’d like to sincerely apologise to the passengers affected by the weight restrictions on the flight from Birmingham, resulting in some passengers and bags being offloaded.

“The cause of the weight restriction was due to a fuelling error which resulted in the aircraft taking on too much fuel, and therefore being too heavy for take off when fully loaded.

“An investigation has been launched to understand how this happened.”


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