A passenger has been billed more than £85,000 by Jet2 for allegedly trying to open aircraft doors during a flight.

The airline has also issued a lifetime ban to the woman after a flight to Dalaman in Turkey had to be re-directed back to Stansted on June 22.

The flight was escorted to the airport by RAF Typhoon fighter jets.

The 25-year-old from Maidenhead in Berkshire was arrested by police on landing on suspicion of assault and endangering an aircraft. She was released on bail until August 21.

The airline said the woman had to be restrained by cabin crew with the help of other passengers as it returned to Stansted.

She “displayed a catalogue of aggressive, abusive and dangerous behaviour on the aircraft, which included attempting to open the aircraft doors during the flight,” according to the carrier.

Jet2 CEO Steve Heapy described her behaviour as “one of the most serious cases” the airline has 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,” he said.

“As a family friendly airline, we take an absolutely zero tolerance approach to disruptive behaviour, and 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.”

The airline said it was supporting the authorities with an investigation into the incident.

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