Aer Lingus issue statement regarding Azealia Banks incident on flight to Dublin
Banks said she was treated like "a wild animal".
Aer Lingus have responded to Azealia Banks' claims that she was made to feel uncomfortable by airline staff on a flight from Gatwick to Dublin on Monday (21 January).
In a lengthy Instagram post, Banks said that a steward lied about her behaviour and that she was "treated like a wild animal" by staff, prompting her to leave the flight.
In response to a request for comment from JOE, Aer Lingus said: "Aer Lingus can confirm that two guests scheduled to fly on 10:55am flight from London Gatwick to Dublin (EI233) this morning disembarked themselves prior to departure.
"The guests in question got off the plane safely of their own accord, while all other guests remained on board. As they had luggage in the hold, the flight was delayed while that luggage was sourced.
"The flight departed Gatwick at 12:07 and landed in Dublin at 13:22. Aer Lingus has a strict no-tolerance policy towards disruptive guest behaviour. The safety and security of our guests and crew remains our first priority."
The airline did not respond directly to any of the statements made by the '212' rapper on her Instagram story.
Banks is scheduled to play a concert in The Academy, Dublin on Tuesday evening. She has since said that she will find a different method of travel to Dublin.