As a plane’s captain told passengers “the weather is marvellous along the whole route” a failed asylum seeker from an African country repeatedly screamed “Allahu Akbar” and “we will die” – causing families on the holiday flight to fear for their lives.
The asylum seeker was being deported to Venice. Britain’s Home Office decided to fly him there on cut-price carrier easyJet, Britain’s Mail on Sunday revealed. An official minder flew with the man.
No official explanation came from captain or crew about the presence of a kicking, thrashing man in handcuffs who threatened passengers in an “expletive-strewn tirade”, the paper said.
easyJet cabin crew reportedly ordered passengers to delete videos and pictures of the man that they had taken on mobile phones.
A short instance of the man’s ranting can be heard here:
The Mail on Sunday said the shouting and threats reduced children to tears.
While Venice is considered an idyllic and romantic destination for some, the Italian city was chosen because the man was being deported under the Dublin Regulation, a European provision which stipulates that people must claim asylum in the first safe country they reach. That, presumably, was Italy.
The paper said the man screamed “Allahu Akbar” (an Arabic phrase meaning God is greater) 29 times and “death is coming” 17 times. For good measure, he shouted “we will die” nine times. It is not known who was doing the counting.
The incident took place on easyJet flight EZY5263 from Gatwick to Venice and the case reveals that the Home Office is using budget airlines to deport illegal immigrants, the paper said.
Britain’s Home Office may be trying to cut costs. It spends GBP 30 million (about AUD 59 million) a year returning illegal immigrants and foreign criminals to their home countries.
London alone is home to about 600,000 illegal immigrants.
Written by Peter Needham