A British Airways flight heading for Houston, Texas, was diverted yesterday after an Englishman allegedly assaulted a woman, who was later said to be his wife.The flight from London diverted to Boston Logan international airport after reports that other passengers leapt up to restrain the man as he beat his female partner.
Britain’s Guardian newspaper, and police, refused to name the target of the alleged attack, but airport officials told CBS Boston she was the man’s wife.
Massachusetts state troopers arrested 48-year-old Darren Halliwell, of Aspull, Wigan, when the plane landed. Wigan is a town in Greater Manchester. Halliwell was charged with interfering with a flight crew and authorities say more charges could follow.
Violent behaviour on aircraft is much in the news at the moment, with IATA and airlines – not to mention other passengers – thoroughly fed up with it.
The British Foreign Office said: “We are aware of reports of the arrest of a British national at Boston Logan international airport and stand ready to offer consular assistance as necessary.”
British Airways said: “Our customers and crews deserve to enjoy their flights, and not to suffer any form of abuse. This sort of behaviour will not be tolerated, and the Captain took the decision to divert the aircraft to Boston as a precaution.”
Written by Peter Needham