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August 4, 2014 Aviation, Headline News 3 Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Swearing wildly and demanding to be given a parachute, an unemployed woman on a flight to Scotland removed her artificial leg and hurled it at cabin crew.

The plane, flying from Enfidha in Tunisia, diverted immediately to London Gatwick Airport, where the woman was arrested.

Police said the woman, 48 and from Edinburgh, began “swearing blue murder” and throwing food at cabin crew on the Thomson Airlines flight 297, Britain’s Daily Telegraph reported.

A fellow passenger said the woman was “off her face on drink” and described chaotic scenes.

The woman was taken to Crawley police station in Sussex where detectives questioned her on suspicion of using threatening behaviour, the paper said.

Passengers said the woman had been demanding cigarettes and a parachute so she could jump out of the plane smoking. She was then said to have slapped a young girl, thrown food at cabin crew and finally removed her prosthetic leg and assaulted flight attendants with it before throwing it at them.

Another passenger said the woman was still trying to kick cabin crew with her good leg, after removing her artificial one – though that would have left her without a leg to stand on.

Passengers said the woman had been arguing at the resort in Tunisia, on the bus to the airport and then on the plane.

In a statement, Sussex Police said: “At 10.22pm on Wednesday a 48-year-old unemployed woman from Edinburgh was arrested at the North Terminal, Gatwick Airport, on suspicion of using threatening behaviour while aboard Thompson flight 297 from Tunisia to Edinburgh.

“The flight was diverted into Gatwick after it was alleged the woman had been abusive and had thrown a prosthetic leg and food at cabin crew.”

In a statement, Thomson Airways said: “Thomson Airways would like to apologise to passengers for the diversion into Gatwick airport of flight TOM 297 travelling from Enfidha, Tunisia to Edinburgh on 30th July.

“Unfortunately a passenger became disruptive on board and as a last resort the captain decided to divert the flight to Gatwick. Upon landing, the aircraft was met by local police and the passenger was removed for questioning.

“We would like to reassure customers that their safety is our priority at all times. Thomson Airways operates a zero tolerance policy with regards to any disruptive behaviour on board and incidents of this type are extremely rare.”

Written by Peter Needham

Currently there are "3 comments" on this Article:

  1. well! I suffered belly pains after bursting out in laghfter. It took me sometime to recover before jotting down this comment.

    Good selection of news!!!

    Wonder: how that woman could kick the stewart using the only leg available!!Was she held by other two passengers?
    if so they are also responsible of attack,

    Mr Gorbachov used to trhrow shoes at his animted political meetings.

    .imagine..a woodden leg flying about the cbin and te stewart hiing behind a hostess or anothe passenger.

    it would hve been easier to give the “lady” a sigarette and a parachute!

    or..lock her up in a toilette with a bottle of booze!!

    Ciao, Mario

  2. AgentGerko says:

    Why did they let her board? Sounds like she was drunk from the start.

  3. Mark C says:

    with the increasing incidence of inflight bad behaviour perhaps you should review your editorial policy ? For example ,this gets precedence to a story about who shares the Australian aviation sector……….

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