When a middle-aged man swore at airline staff after he was refused a drink on a flight from Manchester to Tenerife, he got a sunshine break he had not bargained for. The pilot diverted the charter plane and dumped the troublesome holidaymaker 300 miles from his destination on a barren volcanic island off the west coast of Africa.
Well, a barren volcanic island with "several luxury hotels and a golf course". Moreover, The Guardian reports that he "was was not detained in a cell and was released to enjoy the island's famed tranquillity for 36 hours" before leaving the island. So, not much of a punishment, really.
The remaining passengers arrived in Tenerife nearly four hours late, and it must have cost the airline a large amount of money to make this detour. Was it really such a good idea?
Perhaps they were worried that he might have wanted to smoke.