PHOTO: The flight was met by police at London Luton Airport. (Photo via Flickr/Hakan Dahlstrom)
An easyJet flight traveling from Tel Aviv to London was met by police upon landing at London Luton Airport Monday after a group of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men allegedly refused to comply with the flight crew and at one point caused the plane's exit light to come on.
The Jewish Chronicle reported the group of 10 men began causing problems prior to takeoff when they refused to sit next to female passengers, citing religious reasons. The men were accused of then blocking the cabin's aisles.
One passenger described the scene as "absolute bedlam."
"It was infuriating to witness both for passengers and for the stewards, who tried but failed to control them," the passenger told the Chronicle. "When some of the women got up and moved seats to ensure that the plane got to take off, some of these men never even thought about saying 'thank you.'"
"Then after the plane took off one male plugged his phone into the control panel above the stewards' area. As the exit lights went on, some of the stewards looked as though they were really quite panicked," the passenger added.
The flight crew contacted police while the plane was still in the air en route to England.
Bedfordshire Police said the men were escorted off the flight at London Luton Airport. However, authorities said no arrests were made since "no offenses were found to have been committed."
The airline confirmed the incident occurred in a statement:
"EasyJet can confirm that flight EZY2084 from Tel Aviv to Luton on 13 February 2017 was met by police on arrival at London Luton due to a small group of passengers behaving disruptively by not complying with the captain and cabin crew's request to take their seats both prior to departure from Tel Aviv and during the flight."
"Separately during the flight a passenger plugged a mobile device into a USB port on the crew control panel in the forward galley in a foolish attempt to charge it," the British low-cost carrier added. "This led to the exit light above the panel being illuminated but did not in any way compromise the safety or security of the aircraft."