SEVEN Brits were hauled off a budget flight following a furious row between passengers which led to one woman allegedly being spat at.
Stunned onlookers said two groups of lads came to blows on the Jet2 flight from Manchester to Tenerife on Thursday.
The pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in Faro and security then bundled off seven Brits from the plane.
The ruckus is said to have broken out around two hours after the 5.35pm take-off when a group of four sat at the back starting punching each other.
An air stewardess broke up the scuffle and seated one of the men at the front of the plane to try and calm tensions.
Minutes later, though, the man ran back to his friends – and the fight broke out again.
Passengers tried to break up the fight and one shouted: “There’s children on the plane!”
Referring to the spitting incident, another said: “He f***ing spat on a woman…dirty bastard!”
The captain then diverted the plane and made an emergency landing in Faro, Portugal.
Witness Nathan Belford, 30, said the altercation involved a 10-man stag party and group of four men.
Nathan, from Stoke-on-Trent, said: “We couldn’t believe what was happening. We just wanted to go on holiday.
“Things first kicked off when the group at the back got into a fight. Punches were thrown, and the stewardess broke them up.
“But then they kicked off again, and passengers actually intervened to calm them down.
“One woman got in the way, but a guy spat in her eye. It was disgusting.
“After that, cabin decided to divert to Portugal. Then things escalated after the bigger stag party howled with rage about it.
“They picked a fight with cabin crew and with the group of four, complaining that they should be going to Tenerife for their weekend.
“One of the guys got into trouble when he started pinching drinks from the front of the plane. It was Bedlam.
“Once we landed, though, security got them off. It was impressive – one of the guys they had to carry off was at least six-foot-six.”
Two hours after landing in Faro, the plane completed its journey to Tenerife.
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A spokesman for Jet2 said: “As a family friendly airline we will not tolerate disruptive behaviour of any sort.
“As such we will always take the appropriate action to ensure that our passengers and staff do not have to endure the unacceptable actions of a small minority.
“We take this matter very seriously and we are liaising with the relevant authorities.”
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