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February 6, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Cabin crew restrained a crazed passenger who allegedly bit a flight attendant’s finger, screamed “Heil Hitler!” and started spitting, forcing an international flight to divert.

The Virgin Atlantic plane was four hours into a flight from London Gatwick to the Caribbean when the male passenger became wildly agitated and disruptive, Britain’s Daily Mirror reported.

Cabin crew eventually managed to restrain the man, despite his behaviour and his shouts of “Heil Hitler!” The pilot diverted to a military airfield in the Azores, a Portuguese territory consisting of nine volcanic islands in the middle of the North Atlantic, about 1360 kilometres west of continental Portugal.

Virgin Atlantic confirmed the plane had to be diverted to Lajes in the Azores so a “disruptive” passenger could be removed.

“The safety and security of customers and crew is always our priority and we will not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour on board our aircraft.

“We always want our customers to have the best experience when they fly with us, and while very rare, it is disappointing when a disruptive individual impacts that experience for other customers.”

A final odd irony: Lajes in the Azores was highly strategic during World War II and the forces there were dedicated to defeating Hitler. It was used by Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF), the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) and United States Navy (USN).

Written by Peter Needham

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