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Ground crew grab smoking passenger as he tries to board easyJet plane while it is being refuelled, stamp his cigarette out and bundle him away on bus at Luton airport The unnamed man in his 40s was boarding a flight to Geneva at Luton airport  He was escorted back to the airport but his family were still allowed to board Other passengers said that they were 'outraged' by the passenger's 'stupidity'

By Alexander Robertson and Raven Saunt For Mailonline

Published: 12:21 BST, 20 September 2019 | Updated: 12:27 BST, 20 September 2019

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An easyJet passenger was grabbed by ground crew and bundled on to a bus after holding a lit cigarette while boarding a flight that was refuelling with thousands of gallons of aviation fuel.

The unnamed man in his 40s was set to fly out to Geneva at 7.30am yesterday from Luton airport.

He came within a few metres of the plane that was refuelling with thousands of gallons of aviation fuel when he decided to pull out a cigarette and start smoking.

A male, easyJet passenger (dressed in black) was grabbed by ground crew and bundled on to a bus after holding a lit cigarette while boarding a flight that was refuelling

A male, easyJet passenger (dressed in black) was grabbed by ground crew and bundled on to a bus after holding a lit cigarette while boarding a flight that was refuelling

The unnamed man in his 40s was set to fly to Geneva at 7.30am yesterday from Luton airport

The unnamed man in his 40s was set to fly to Geneva at 7.30am yesterday from Luton airport

He was quickly spotted by a member of easyJet's ground crew who ran over to him, grabbed the cigarette and stubbed it out on the ground.

The smoker, who was travelling with his family, was then banned from boarding the flight by the plane's pilot and escorted away on a shuttle bus.

But his family were allowed to continue their journey. 

Sara Beecroft, 43, was on board the flight at the time and said she was 'absolutely outraged and in disbelief' after witnessing the smoker's 'absolute stupidity'.

She also said that she saw the female member of the aviation team immediately running over to him before she 'grabbed the cigarette out of his hand and stubbed it out.'

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