Watch: Woman coughs on passengers as she's escorted off plane for not wearing mask
Footage of the incident, which took place on Sunday at Belfast International Airport, has been widely shared on social media.
A woman with a Scottish accent can be seen in the video shouting “f*** off” and “everybody dies, you know that?” as she angrily grabs her bag and jacket from a seat and storms down the aisle with cabin crew ushering her off the plane.
She apparently pretends to cough on passengers on her way to the exit.
A spokesperson for easyJet said the airline confirmed police were following an incident on flight EZY481, which involved “a passenger behaving disruptively onboard and refusing to wear their face covering”.
“In line with EASA guidelines, all passengers are currently required to bring their own face covering for their flight which must be worn during boarding and onboard, except when eating or drinking,” said the spokesperson.
“Passengers receive clear communications before they travel and via announcements onboard to ensure they are aware of this requirement for the health and safety of everyone onboard.
“We will not tolerate disruptive behaviour towards other passengers and crew.”
A spokesperson for Belfast International Airport said: “Airport police were called by ground staff due to a disruptive passenger within the terminal building at approximately 4.35pm on Sunday October 18.
“The passenger was subsequently arrested and is currently under investigation.”
The staff onboard the plane received praise on social media for handling the incident, with some people calling for the woman to be prosecuted for allegedly coughing deliberately at the other passengers.
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