Passengers on ‘direct’ flight to Morocco stage mutiny after pilot says it will stop twice

Monday, December 6, 2010

LONDON - More than 100 passengers aboard a Moroccan budget airline staged a mutiny after the pilot announced some unscheduled stops.

The aircraft operated by Jet4You had been due to make a 90-minute journey from Toulouse, France, to the Moroccan capital Casablanca.

But the captain told the 137 passengers the plane would be stopping at Bordeaux and Lyon en route, adding another four hours to the journey.

The travellers rebelled against the idea and refused to sit and buckle their seatbelts, leaving the plane stuck on the runway all night.

And rather than reason with the paying customers, the captain simply turned off the lights and heating in the jet and left the passengers inside.

“It was a total disgrace. We bought tickets for a direct flight taking less than two hours,” the Daily Mail quoted mother of two Majette Ouri, aboard the plane, as saying.

“But once they had us on board, they said we’d be making two unscheduled stops and taking six hours to get to Casablanca.

“Everyone decided they could not let this happen and refused to allow the plane to take off. Then at that point they simply turned of the lights and heating and left us there.

“Passengers, with a lot of children and old people amongst us, were cold and hungry.

“It is frankly an appalling way to treat paying customers,” she stated.

According to Toulouse airport officials, 52 of the 137 passengers asked to get off the plane during the night while 85 were still on the aircraft on December 5th morning.

Jet4You said it would transport the passengers to Casablanca on a direct flight, and had found another means of collecting people stranded elsewhere in France. (ANI)

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