Thirty-seven easyJet passengers were booted off a flight and threatened with arrest after the airline filled a plane with too much fuel.

The passengers were the last to board the Boxing Day Flight from Birmingham to Geneva.

Some kicked up a fuss about their treatment and refused to disembark but were told there were three police officers in the terminal who would arrest them.

The plane finally took off but the joy of the passengers allowed to remain on board was shortlived.

When they arrived in Geneva, four hours late, they discovered their luggage had also been thrown off the aircraft, in order to save eight.

Jane Webb, 65, was on board flight EZY1496 heading for a skiing holiday with relatives in Saint Gervais, France.

She told her family had to wait five days before they got their holiday bags – the day before they flew back to Britain,” Webb said

“EasyJet has said it will pay us £25 a day for every day we didn’t have our baggage. But it was such an inconvenience.”

EasyJet apologised to all passengers affected on the flight and said an investigation was still ongoing.