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September 5, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Nine men have been biffed off a flight after at least one of them shouted perhaps the worst thing possible aboard an aircraft – and shouted it in one of the world’s most ill-chosen locations.

The phrase shouted was “Allahu Akbar” – which means “God is greater” in Arabic and is frequently yelled by Islamist fanatics before they commit atrocities or blow themselves up.

The nine men were aboard an aircraft at Brussels Airport in Zaventem when the phrase rang out. Brussels Airport Zaventem was where, on the morning of 22 March last year, two coordinated suicide bombings (along with another one at Maalbeek metro station in central Brussels) killed 32 people and injured more than 300 others. Another bomb was found during a search of the airport and the terrorist group ISIS later claimed responsibility.

The nine men yelling the phrase on a Ryanair flight on Saturday morning meant it as a joke, apparently. To add an extra touch of humour, at least one of the men indicated there was a bomb aboard the plane.

Nobody is laughing. All passengers were evacuated while a police bomb squad, accompanied by sniffer dogs, checked all luggage.  The flight to Madrid was due to depart Zaventem at 7am but was delayed for several hours.

The nine men were all of Belgian nationality, police told local news channel VTM Nieuws.

Britain’s Daily Telegraph quoted a police spokesman saying: “The flight commander refused to take these nine people. One of them was a foolish joker and called ‘Allahu Akbar’.”

Ryanair stated later: “The crew of this flight from Brussels to Madrid (2 September) requested police assistance after a number of passengers became disruptive prior to departure.

“Police removed and detained the individuals before the aircraft departed to Madrid.

“We will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behaviour at any time and the safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority.”

The men are likely to be charged with causing a false bomb scare.

Written by Peter Needham

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