Scottish travelers have spoken of their anger after being left without food and water on a Jet2 plane in “inhumane” conditions for two consecutive nights.
Flight LS796 to Manchester was originally scheduled to depart from Antalya, Turkey on Friday evening.
But it was delayed due to a hydraulic failure, and families claimed they had no food, water or air conditioning during the two-and-a-half-hour wait.
Shane and Chelsea Grimley, from Annan, and their two children are among hundreds of passengers stranded.
They say the situation was so bad that even the cabin crew burst into tears.
Shane, 35, told the Scottish Sun: “The heat was unbearable and the children were screaming and crying.
“Eventually we got off the plane and were put up in a nice hotel. The flight was postponed to half past midnight yesterday.
“We got to the gate and saw the engineers repairing the same plane we were on before.
“Boarding opened at 1:30 a.m. and we all got on the plane, but it came back onto the runway and then stopped.”
“The captain then said there was a problem with the weather radar this time.”
Shane said chaos erupted as passengers faced another three-and-a-half-hour delay after initially being told the problem would be fixed.
He added: “Again there was no food or water.
“One boy became really unwell and he couldn’t even get anything to drink.
“You wouldn’t let your dog go without basic things for so long.
“It was so bad that the cabin crew even burst into tears.
“The passengers were demanding to be let off the plane, I’ve never seen anything like that.
“We were taken back to the same hotel but our room was exactly as we left it, untouched.”
Meanwhile, Leanne Osborne, from Cumbernauld, was caught up in the chaos among the other passengers on both flights.
She claimed hundreds were still stranded in Turkey after being treated “worse than animals” on board the plane.
Leanne said that once aboard the second flight, a child vomited while other children cried.
“We only got back to the hotel at 8:20 this morning. There is no Jet2 staff present at the hotel.
The stranded passengers have now been booked on a third flight, which is due to depart at 11:40pm tonight.
“People are worried about getting back on the same plane,” she added.
A Jet2 spokesperson said: “We would like to offer our sincere apologies to all customers affected by this unforeseen delay, which was caused after the flight deck crew correctly followed standard procedure after noticing a minor error indication.
“While we understand the tremendous inconvenience this is causing, we will never compromise when it comes to putting everyone’s comfort, safety and well-being first.
“We have provided hotel accommodation for our clients on both nights and our teams are working tirelessly to take care of everyone. We would like to apologize again to everyone affected by this delay and we are flying a replacement aircraft to Antalya tonight to fly customers home.”
We pay for your stories and videos! Do you have a story or video for The Scottish Sun? Email us at [email protected] or call 0141 420 5200