The 29-year-old is said to have become angered when he couldn't sit next to his fiancée.
Kyle Falconer, the singer for Scottish indie band The View, was reportedly arrested after he became “violent and disruptive” on a Jet2 flight from Reus on Friday (June 17). The flight was headed to Spain, but had to be diverted to Nantes, France in order for Falconer to be removed and arrested.
The View's Kyle Falconer
The Scottish Daily Record reports that the singer became verbally abusive after he was moved seats away from his girlfriend. He is said to have shouted and sworn at cabin crew and fellow passengers.
Passenger Richard Davidson told the Daily Record: “Kyle’s fiancee was in one row and his allocated seat was in a different row. He basically parked his backside next to her in complete disregard for whoever had booked the seat.The person came on the flight and asked him to move.
“Falconer sat in front of her in his proper seat but started mouthing off, shouting and swearing, ‘f***ing this’ and ‘f*****g that’. He was asked to calm down several times but he ignored that. He did eventually calm down but I think at that point the pilot had made up his mind.
“When we landed at Nantes, cops stormed the plane. There was no messing They were straight out with handcuffs and restraining him. He was not impressed at all.” The diversion resulted in a two-hour delay for fellow passengers.
A Jet2 spokesman said: “Our captain made the decision to divert the Reus to Glasgow flight LS122to Nantes today after a male passenger became increasingly violent and disruptive on board. Our crew had no option but to take action for the continued safety of our customers and crew.
“He has now been offloaded in Nantes and handed over to the local authorities. We will be launching a full investigation working alongside Police Scotland and will be following due process under the law to prosecute and recover our costs incurred by this unnecessary diversion.
“We apologise to our customers for having to witness such disruptive behaviour and for the delay to their journey home. Our Onboard Together initiative commits to taking a zero-tolerance stance against anti-social behaviour for the wellbeing of our customers and crew.”
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Police Scotland has received a complaint regarding the behaviour of a passenger onboard a Jet2 flight from Reus to Glasgow on Friday, June 17, which resulted in the flight being diverted and the passenger ejected.”