Woman arrested after incident on Southend-bound flight

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting cabin crew on an inbound flight to Southend Airport.

Essex Police said they were contacted just after midnight on Sunday with reports that a passenger had attacked a member of the plane’s staff.

The force said officers attended the airport and arrested a 49-year-old woman on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The plane involved was an easyJet flight from Malaga in Spain, the airline said.

An easyJet spokesman said: “EasyJet’s cabin crew are trained to assess and evaluate all situations and to act quickly and appropriately to ensure that the safety of the flight and other passengers is not compromised at any time.

“Whilst such incidents are rare, we take them very seriously, and do not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour on board.

“The safety and wellbeing of passengers and crew is always easyJet’s priority.”

Police said the woman was questioned and bailed until September 27.