The unruly antics of a drunken Scotsman caused the pilot of a British Airways flight heading for Orlando, Florida, to divert to Boston’s Logan International Airport last week.
The source of the disruption, a “24-year-old man from Glasgow, Scotland” was arrested and charged with interfering with a flight crew, Massachusetts State Police said.
Media quoted communication between pilot and air traffic controllers in which the pilot said the man was intoxicated. The incident followed other disruptions by drunks on other flights.
British Airways said in a statement, “Our customers and crews deserve to enjoy their flights, and not to suffer any form of abuse. Disruptive behaviour will not be tolerated, and the appropriate action will always be taken. We’d like to apologise for the delay to the other customers on the flight.”
Little detail was given of the man’s behaviour, although in another case, in which a drunk hurled bottles at other passengers and shouted “We’re all gonna die!”, the conduct was described more fully.
That incident was on an Alaska Airlines flight from Boston to San Diego earlier this year, when a man amused himself by throwing miniature bottles of alcoholic liquor around the plane. Passengers applauded when the plane diverted and the drunk was arrested and removed.
In another incident, a drunken woman on a British Airways flight from Heathrow to Boston was restrained mid-flight after trying to force open an exit door.
Hardworking Massachusetts State Police (MSP) troopers at the airport took the passenger into custody, describing her as “about 30 years old” and “intoxicated”.
Written by Peter Needham