A group of men who are strict Orthodox Jews have been escorted off their flight when in landed in the UK over claims that they refused their seats because they were next to women, said a report.

Incident That Occurred

The men were reportedly removed from their flight at London’s Luton Airport after they arrived from Tel Aviv Monday afternoon.

The passengers, reported the Jewish Chronicle, had refused to sit next to the female passengers claiming that it was for religious purposes.

However, after the 15-minute delay, the full flight had been able to take off when some of the women moved their seats.

Airline’s Response

EasyJet did not provide any details about the incident or specific information for what caused the reported “disturbance”, however they confirmed that the disruption did in face occur during the international flight.

“EasyJet can confirm that flight EZY2084 from Tel Aviv to Luton was met by police on arrival due to a small group of passengers behaving disruptively by not complying with the captain and cabin crew’s request to take their seats both prior to departure from Tel Aviv and during the flight.

“For the safety of all passengers easyJet’s crew must ensure that whenever the seat belt signs are illuminated all passengers are in their seats with their seatbelts fastened.

“Easyjet’s cabin crew are trained to assess and evaluate all situations and to act quickly and appropriately to ensure that the safety of the flight and other passengers is not compromised at any time,” they said in a statement released this week.

Police in Bedfordshire also confirmed that they had been called over to the airport in order to escort the group of men from the plane, but included that there were no offenses committed at the time.