An elderly woman travelling first class has been restrained, removed from a flight and questioned over an alleged air rage incident involving the assault of a member of cabin crew.
The plane was forced to divert to Ireland’s Shannon airport on Friday night after a commotion broke out aboard.
It centred on an 87-year-old woman, described by some news outlets as a pensioner, who is said to have become disruptive aboard Air Canada flight ACA-877 from Frankfurt to Toronto. At least one cabin crew member was allegedly assaulted in the incident, which allegedly occurred about 1000 kilometres northwest of Ireland.
The woman, travelling in the first class cabin on the B777 aircraft, had to be restrained by flight attendants, who alerted the flight deck, the Irish Times reported.
The pilot made contact with the Irish Aviation Authority’s (IAA) North Atlantic Communications Service centre at Ballygirreen and requested police to be on standby at Shannon.
Irish police and airport security officers met the flight on landing.
The paper reported the plane dumped fuel over the Atlantic to ensure it could touch down within safe landing weight limits.
“The crew reported a problem with the fuel dumping procedure which they appear to have resolved later,” the paper said.
The whole incident ended in an anti-climax: the woman was questioned and released without charge.
Presumably she will be flying with someone else from Shannon to Toronto.
Written by Peter Needham