A BA flight made an unscheduled stop at the weekend after two drunken women tried to force their way into the cockpit.

Airport news for Flights,Gatwick on 07/01/2013.

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A British Airways flight made an unscheduled stop at the weekend after two drunken women tried to force their way into the cockpit.

Reports said that the pair of middle-aged females had insisted that they were “going to meet the pilots” midway between the BA flight from Gatwick airport to Tunisia, prompting the carrier to divert to Lyon airport in France.

Passengers told the media that the pair – aged 43 and 50 – had been sipping Malibu from a bottle and were swearing in front of children. After being asked to return to their seat, the duo refused before running to lock themselves in the toilet of the Boeing 737-400 and lighting a cigarette. Some passengers reported that they had threatened to kill a flight attendant and her family.

A British Airways spokesman confirmed in a statement that the incident occurred on flight BA2664 from Gatwick on Thursday. He added that disruptive behaviour is “not tolerated” on BA flights and that the carrier’s passengers are entitled to a “safe and enjoyable flight experience”.

The two women were detained upon arrival in Lyon and spent a night in jail before being returned to the UK the following day, according to a report from the Daily Mail.

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