A 28-year-old billionaire Arab prince, who was drunk aboard a British Airways flight by 10am, was hauled off the plane by Heathrow police who threatened him with 50,000-volt Taser guns, British media has reported.
London’s colourful Sun newspaper says the Arab is believed to be a relative of Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. The confrontation occurred after the Prince jumped up from his First Class seat and stomped into the flight deck to complain to the captain about allegedly poor service, the paper reported.
The incident happened just before BA125 took off from Heathrow to Doha, Qatar via Bahrain.
Flight crew called police who boarded the B777 with stun guns after the prince refused to leave the flight deck and return to his seat.
The billionaire was then dragged off the plane and taken to a West London police station near the airport where his DNA, mugshot and fingerprints were taken.
Confirming that the incident had happened, a police spokeswoman told the Daily Mail: “We were called at 10.34am on Sunday July 22 to an outward bound flight to Doha, Qatar, via Bahrain at London Heathrow after a man was reported to be causing a disturbance.
“A man who is 28 was arrested for being drunk and disorderly and failing to comply with the instructions of the cabin crew. He was taken to a west London police station and bailed to a date in September.”
Written by : Peter Needham