TOWIE star Diags insists he was thrown off flight for ‘no reason’

James ‘Diags’ Bennewith has said he was removed from a flight back to London for “no reason” as TOWIE bosses call an emergency meeting with the nine cast members involved.

The nine stars booted off the plane, including Diags and Pia Grace Smith, were removed from a flight at Madrid for allegedly vaping on board the plane and refusing to wear a mask.

The group were attempting to fly back from the Dominican Republic, with Pia Grace Smith telling fans that “half the cast” were removed from a flight to the UK.

The Sun had reported that the cast were spoken to by Spanish police after their behavior was described as “lunatic.”



TOWIE star James ‘Diags’ Bennewith has said he was thrown off the flight for “no reason” along with two other stars

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But Diags, 31, has attempted to distance himself from the drama, saying that he, Dan Edgar, and Jordan Brook were removed from the flight for “no reason”.

Sat alongside his two TOWIE co-stars at an airport terminal, the Essex TV star said: “Been flying for 24 hours now, still not home.

“Got thrown off a flight in Madrid for no reason, at all.”

The star – who joined the cast in Season 4 back in 2012 – said the trio then missed a follow-up flight because they didn’t get their luggage off the plane they were thrown off in time.



James 'Diags' Bennewith took to Instagram to confirm he had been kicked off the flight along with the other eight TOWIE stars
James ‘Diags’ Bennewith took to Instagram to confirm he had been kicked off the flight along with the other eight TOWIE stars



But Diags says that he, Dan Edgar, and Jordan Brook were kicked off the flight for 'no reason'
But Diags says that he, Dan Edgar, and Jordan Brook were kicked off the flight for ‘no reason’

“All in all fantastic,” he said sarcastically, showing that another flight to the UK was delayed.

Once their travel time hit 27 hours, the reality TV star followed up with a cheeky comment to poke fun at the situation.

He said: “It’s getting long. If I don’t make it, let my family know I love them, let my friends know,

“Let Dan’s family [know] As well, he’s always been ad***head to me. I never liked him, ever. I’ve just pretending this whole time.



Dan Edgar and Diags have been soaking up the sun with their fellow co-stars in the Dominican Republican
Dan Edgar and Diags have been soaking up the sun with their fellow co-stars in the Dominican Republican

“Jordan, I don’t like him either. I don’t want to go to my death bed with everyone thinking I like these two.”

The nine TOWIE stars removed from the flight, made up of five women and four men, reportedly refused to follow airline rules during their flight to Madrid, with claims that one of the stars was vaping on board the plane.

An insider told The Sun: “Fumes were visible above their seats. They were asked to stop but refused. It was appalling behaviour. Absolutely idiotic.”

It has been claimed that the group ignored repeated requests from flight crew, with the TOWIE stars refused boarding for the connecting flight to London after they arrived in Madrid yesterday morning.



Pia Grace Smith was another cast member booted off the flight
Pia Grace Smith was another cast member booted off the flight

An Air Europa spokesperson confirmed to The Mirror that there was “an incident” on the flight with “several passengers” being asked to leave the plane as they refused to wear masks and one of them was “smoking inside the aircraft.”

The statement from the spokesperson said: “There was an incident on the flight.

“Following the protocol, several passengers were asked to leave the plane for refusing to wear the mandatory masks and one of them for smoking inside the aircraft.

“While leaving the plane, they were accompanied by other passengers without further incident.”



The stars' behavior were said to be "appalling" to one source
The stars’ behavior were said to be “appalling” to one source

A spokesperson for the Civil Guard confirmed: β€œAt 2.55pm yesterday (TUE) the captain of the plane requested our presence on board an aircraft at Madrid’s Barajas Airport which had touched down from the Dominican Republic to deal with people we were told were causing a public order disturbance.

“Civil Guard officers found these people a little upset when they reached the aircraft.

“On the indications of the captain and to avoid any more problems, nine people, consisting of four men and five women who are all British nationals, were removed from the plane and after the corresponding complaint from the captain they are now set to face a fine .

“While officers were carrying out the process of identifying all the people that were removed from the plane so they can be notified of the amount of the fines at a future date, they ended up missing their onward flight.



Diags has been on the show in series four, all the way back in 2012
Diags has been on the show in series four, all the way back in 2012

“Police were due to accompany them to another flight bound for the UK last night (TUE) so they could leave Madrid.

“No arrests were made and after being accompanied off the earlier flight, the nine people removed were very co-operative.”

Pia Grace Smith has also discussed the incident alongside Diags, posting an update on her Instagram story.

Giving fans an update, she said: “So, 24 hours later, we’re still not traveling,”



Hannah Voyan, Pia Smith and Mia Sully were amongst the nine TOWIE cast members kicked off a flight
Hannah Voyan, Pia Smith and Mia Sully were amongst the nine TOWIE cast members kicked off a flight

“We got chucked off the flight because we didn’t wear masks. There was like half the cast that got chucked off but we’ve had to sit in Madrid airport for 10 hours.

“I’m not going to get back to UK soil until 11.30 so I won’t be home in my bed until 1am.”

Pia concluded by describing the situation by saying: “This is nuts”

OK! has contacted TOWIE representatives for comment.

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