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Arrest at Heathrow leads to Cathay flight evacuation

April 6, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Mystery surrounds the motives of a man arrested at Heathrow Airport after reportedly using a “wrong boarding pass” to walk onto a Cathay Pacific flight, triggering an alert which led to the plane being evacuated.

The man was arrested on suspicion of being unlawfully airside and was taken to a police station in west London, where he was detained in custody, London’s Daily Mirror reported.

The paper quoted a passenger saying travellers were stunned when told a man aboard who was known to police had an issue with his boarding pass and everyone had to get off for a sweep of the plane.http://www.rembrandtbkk.com/

The flight was delayed for about three hours in the early evening, when dinner would have been served on the flight. Instead, passengers were confined for about two hours in a restricted area of the airport. The only food available for the hungry horde was ice cream from a machine.

A Heathrow spokesperson said: “Yesterday evening a flight to Hong Kong experienced a minor delay after a passenger was found to have incorrect travel documents.

“As per standard procedure, the passenger was quickly offloaded and the flight subsequently departed.”

A spokesman for London’s Metropolitan Police Service said that a man was arrested at Heathrow Airport “having boarded a Cathay Pacific flight scheduled to depart for Hong Kong. The man was arrested on suspicion of being unlawfully airside. He was taken to a west London police station, where he remains in custody.

“The passengers returned to the gate, before re-boarding the aircraft around 90 minutes later.”

Cathay declined comment as the matter was under police investigation.

Written by Peter Needham

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