EXC: TOWIE stars return to London after being booted off flight

EXCLUSIVE: The holiday is over! Forlorn TOWIE newcomers Pia Smith, Hannah Voyen and Mia Sully finally touch down at Stansted Airport after being booted off a flight and spoken to by police for refusing to wear masks and vaping on the plane

  • The trio touched down in Stansted Airport in the early hours of Wednesday morning, after being among nine TOWIE stars removed from an Air Europa flight from the Dominican Republic to Madrid on Tuesday
  •  after refusing to wear masks, with one openly vaping on the plane
  • A group of five women and four men – including new girls Pia, Hannah and Mia Sully, as well as James ‘Diags’ Bennewith, did not comply with airline rules by refusing to wear masks, with one star also vaping on the plane
  • Air Europa rules state that any electric cigarettes must not be used on board at any time. The use of masks covering the nose and mouth on the airline is currently mandatory for those over the age of six
  • Nine cast members were spoken to by police over their behaviour and missed their onward flight to London
  • The Spanish Civil Guard said the cast members had been reported for allegedly breaching Spanish air safety law
  •  A police report is expected to be passed to AESA – Spanish Aviation Safety and Security Agency – before a fine is decided

TOWIE newcomers Pia Smith, Hannah Voyen and Mia Sully have finally returned to London after being booted off their flight to Madrid for refusing to wear masks.

The stars, who had flown to the Dominican Republic to film the new series, cut a forlorn figure as they headed through Stansted Airport in the early hours of Wednesday morning, after Pia revealed that they were removed from the plane and spoken to by Spanish police, before being refused entry to their flight to London.

The group of stars – five women and four men – failed to comply with airline rules by refusing to wear masks, despite repeated warning with Civil Guard officers confirming they were asked to intervene by an Air Europa pilot after the flight arrived in Spain when one star was also caught vaping while on board. 

Pia, Hannah and Mia Sully were among these removed, alongside TOWIE veteran James ‘Diags’ Bennewith.

At last! TOWIE newcomers Pia Smith (just seen centre in pink), Hannah Voyen (left) and Mia Sully (far right) have finally returned to London after being booted off their flight to Madrid for refusing to wear masks

A far cry from the glamorous snaps she’d shared from her Dominican break on Instagram Pia sported a pink hooded tracksuit and matching leggings as she wheeled her luggage through the airport,

Meanwhile Hannah donned a white crop top and pink leggings with her essentials in a Louis Vuitton bag, and Mia sported a cropped taupe hoodie and blue leggings.

The pals attempted to keep a low profile as they made their way out of Arrivals towards the car park. 



What a mess! The trio (Pia left, Hannah centre and Mia right) were seen arriving in Stansted Airport in the early hours of Wednesday morning after being spoken to be Spanish police and refused entry to their originally-booked flight to London

Awkward! Pia, Hannah and Mia’s return was a stark contrast to the glamorous snaps they’d shared on Instagram from their trip to the Dominican Republic after filming at 11.25am on Tuesday 


Not so fun now! Displayed her bare-faced complexion and a pink hoodie as she wheeled her suitcase through Arrivals after revealing on Instagram she and her co-stars had been refused entry to the flight 



Go away! Her Louis Vuitton bag caught the attention of a passing dog, with a visibly-tired Mia attempting to ignore the animal as she made her out of the airport following a much-delayed journey

A mess! The group of TOWIE stars – five women and four men – failed to comply with airline rules by refusing to wear masks, despite repeated warning with Civil Guard officers

The trio were among a group of nine TOWIE stars who were removed from the flight in Madrid after failing to comply to airline rules by wearing masks, with one star also vaping on the plane despite strict rules prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes.

Civil Guard officers confirmed to MailOnline that they were asked to intervene by an Air Europa pilot after the aircraft flew into the Spanish capital from the Dominican Republic.

After being met by police in Madrid, the cast members were then refused permission to board their flight to London. They now face a hefty fine for their conduct.


Casual: Pia donned matching pink sportswear, including a hoodie and leggings, while Mia donned a cropped nude hoodie and blue leggings and they waited for their lift home

Go away! Pia attempted to keep a low profile as she jumped into a taxi with Hannah to make their way home after a lengthy delay to their journey

Star: James ‘Diags’ Bennewith is among the stars said to have been removed from the plane



So much drama! The TOWIE stars (Hannah left, Mia centre and Pia right) could now face a hefty fine for their conduct, Civil Guard officers confirmed to MailOnline that they were asked to intervene by an Air Europa pilot

Pia revealed she and several stars had been removed from the plane on her Instagram Stories, writing: ’24 hours later, we’re still travelling, we got chucked off the flight because we didn’t wear masks, it was like half the cast that got chucked off.  

‘We’ve had to sit here in Madrid airport for 10 hours. I’m not going to get back to the UK until 11:30pm, I won’t be back in my bed until 1am.’

Mia also took to her Stories early on Wednesday morning to reveal she had finally made it home, posting a snap from her living room at 2:13am along with the caption: ‘I have never been so happy to see home! Shower and bed!’


What a day! After being refused entry for their connecting flight to London, Mia took to her Instagram Stories to admit she was ‘having a mental breakdown,’ before revealing in the early hours of Wednesday morning she’d finally made it home



Strict: Among the group of stars removed from the flight (Mia pictured above), one was reprimanded by police for vaping. Air Europa rules state that any electric cigarettes must be kept in hand luggage rather than in the hold as they pose a fire risk

Banned! The use of masks covering the nose and mouth on Air Europa planes is currently mandatory for those over the age of six, but the TOWIE stars refused to wear one, which sparked them being removed from the flight

Air Europa rules state that any electric cigarettes must be kept in hand luggage rather than in the hold as they pose a fire risk, and that they must not be used on board at any time. 

The use of masks covering the nose and mouth on Air Europa planes is currently mandatory for those over the age of six. 

A spokesman for Spain’s Civil Guard confirmed to MailOnline: ‘At 2.55pm today (Tuesday) the captain of the police requested our presence on board a plane 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.

Disastrous: A spokesman for Spain’s Civil Guard confirmed to MailOnline: ‘At 2.55pm today the captain of the police requested our presence on board a plane at Madrid’s Barajas Airport which had touched down from the Dominican Republic’

‘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’ve ended up missing their onward flight.

‘Police are accompanying them to another flight bound for the UK so they can leave Madrid tonight.

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

A police source also told MailOnline: ‘There was vaping going on and they weren’t wearing face masks as they were obliged to do and they were disobeying instructions from the flight crew.

‘As well as the nine people removed from the airplane, someone from the programme who wasn’t involved in any of the problems stayed on with them and was also due to travel back to the UK with them on a different plane to the rest of the group.’

The Civil Guard added that the cast members had been reported for allegedly breaching Spanish air safety law – Law 21/2003.

A police report is expected to be passed to AESA –  Spanish Aviation Safety and Security Agency – before a fine is decided.

Exciting: Hannah, Pia and Mia will star in the forthcoming series of the reality show, which is set to air later this year

An Air Europa spokeswoman confirmed: ‘There was an incident on the flight. Following 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.’

A spokesman for the Civil Guard confirmed: ‘At 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. 

‘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.’ 

A well-placed police source added: ‘There was vaping going on and they weren’t wearing face masks as they were obliged to do and they were disobeying instructions from the flight crew.

‘As well as the nine people removed from the airplane, someone from the programme who wasn’t involved in any of the problems stayed on with them and was also due to travel back to the UK with them on a different plane to the rest of the group.’

MailOnline has also contacted representatives for Lime Pictures, each of the named stars, and Air Europa for comment.

It is thought a police report will now be passed on to the Spanish Aviation Safety and Security Agency (AESA), the state body that ensures civil aviation standards are observed in all aeronautical activity in Spain, to decide the size of the fine. 

The report is expected to include a formal complaint by the Air Europa captain about the actions on board the plane he was in charge of. 

When a Polish man was filmed leaving a Ryanair plane at Malaga Airport in January 2018 after climbing onto the wing via an emergency door, he was warned he could be fined £40,000. It is not clear if he had been hit with the huge financial penalty. 

In August 2016 a Bolivian-born Spanish immigrant made headlines around the world after being filmed sprinting across a runway at Madrid’s Barajas Airport to catch his flight, mistakenly thinking he was just about to miss it.

Fast food worker Cesar Saucedo, 24, protagonised an incredible security breach by jumping off a disconnected jet bridge at the airport and dashing towards a plane preparing to take off.

He managed to make his flight to the holiday island of Gran Canaria but was intercepted by police when he reached his destination.

Local reports at the time said Cesar could be fined anything up to £38,000 but it is not known if was ever asked to pay up the huge amount   

‘First day of filming’: Hannah is the CEO of Millionaire Medical – a business which provides dermal fillers and BTX injections

New stars Pia and Hannah joined their best friend and Absolutely Ascot star Mia on the show for the new series.

The trio, who often share glimpses of their glamorous lifestyles on social media, took to Instagram on Sunday to share they were joining the show.

Alongside a sizzling snap of the girls in the Dominican Republic, where the Essex-based show is filming special episodes, Mia penned: ‘Brunette Trio [sic] So happy to be working with my 2 best friends that are more like sisters. 17years of friendship, we’ve done everything together and so much more to come! 

‘Love you both to the moon and back. So excited for our new chapter [sic]’. 

According to The Sun, Mia only wanted to partake in the show if she could do so alongside her friends. 

The source explained: ‘As soon as bosses met all three of them, they knew they were onto a winner.

‘They are a force to be reckoned with and will bring so much drama to the new series. They know some of the cast already and there is beef between some of them, so expect some explosive telly.’

It has been said that the original plan was for the newbies to join the cast after the episodes abroad had been filmed, but that has now changed. 

On Sunday afternoon, Hannah, who is the CEO of Millionaire Medical – a business which provides dermal fillers and BTX injections  – updated her over 10,000 followers of her venture.

‘First Day Of Filming [sic] @towie … Let’s Go [sic],’ she captioned a stunning full-length shot.

Pia, who owns a similar business to Hannah, Plumped By Pia, also took to the photo-sharing site with a gorgeous snap and wrote: ‘The secret is finally out.. you’ll be seeing some new faces on @towie [sic]’. 

The insider added: ‘It was a no-brainer to get the girls out in the sunshine and make a big impact on the opening episodes of the new series. Sparks are already flying and it will be great TV.’

Budding reality star: Pia owns a similar business to Hannah, Plumped By Pia

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