September 9, 2008
Fans’ Jets Too Heavy With Bevvy
THE Tartan Army took so much booze home from Macedonia their planes had to stop for extra fuel.
Budget airline Jet2 claimed Scotland fans weighed down their aircraft with duty-free whisky, wine and beer.
The additional load forced two jets to make unscheduled fuelling stops in Prague.
The flight changes sparked chaos for many fans with some delayed for 12 hours and bags going astray.
Supporters arriving back early yesterday faced a race against time to get to Iceland for the nextWorld Cup match tomorrow night.
Clydebank firm Passport Travel had taken around 600 fans to Skopje, where many were not able to see the game due to ticket restrictions.
Their first flight back to Glasgow on Sunday morning was delayed by 12 hours.
When they got to Glasgow, some found their bags were on Passport Travel's two other delayed flights - to Edinburgh.
The English airline blamed strong headwinds and the Scots' thirst for cheap drink.
Macedonia is outside the EU, so travellers are entitled to generous Duty Free purchases.
An airline spokeswoman said: "Jet2.com apologises to the customers who were affected by delays."
(c) 2008 Daily Record; Glasgow (UK). Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.