Police stormed an easyJet plane at London Gatwick Airport and tasered a man who reportedly tried to take two pieces of carry-on baggage onto the aircraft. The low-cost carrier allows passengers to take only one.
The man had reportedly become upset and agitated, refusing to comply with requests by cabin crew to hand over his “man bag” and delaying easyJet flight EZY831 from Gatwick for Belfast on Friday morning.
“Man getting arrested on @easyJet flight home to #Belfast because he wants 2 pieces of hand luggage! I’ll never mess with easyjet now!” Copeland wrote.
Sussex Police said a 37-year-old man had been detained under the Mental Health Act, Britain’s Independent newspaper reported.
The rest of the report consisted of statements by the police and the airline.
The police said: “Police officers were called to the easyJet flight shortly after 8am to reports of a passenger who was becoming increasingly abusive following a dispute over luggage.
“A man has been arrested on suspicion of breach of the peace. The aircraft has been disembarked and police are taking statements from witnesses among the crew and passengers.”
An easyJet spokeswoman said: “EasyJet can confirm that police boarded flight EZY831 from London Gatwick to Belfast on August 20 due to a passenger behaving disruptively.
“A man has been arrested on suspicion of breach of the peace. The aircraft has been disembarked and police are taking statements from witnesses among the crew and passengers.
“EasyJet’s cabin crew are highly trained to assess and evaluate all situations and to act quickly and appropriately to ensure that the safety of the flight and other passengers is not compromised at any time.
“Whilst such incidents are rare we take them very seriously, do not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour on board and always push for prosecution.
“The safety and well-being of passengers and crew is always easyJet’s priority.”
Written by Peter Needham