BA crew forced to restrain passenger on Dubai flight who threatened to blow up the aircraft

Aggressive male became unruly and reportedly began fighting and punching with other passengers
BA crew forced to restrain passenger on Dubai flight who threatened to blow up the aircraft
By Neil Halligan
Wed 06 Jan 2016 03:36 PM

A passenger on board a flight from London to Dubai had to be restrained by five crew members and another passenger after he became aggressive and threatened to blow up the aircraft.

British Airways flight BA105 to Dubai took off from London Heathrow at around 8.55pm on Tuesday night and about five hours into the journey a male passenger became unruly and reportedly began fighting and punching with other passengers, the father of one of the passengers on board has claimed.

Steve Penk, whose daughter Natalie was on board the flight, posted a series of tweets about the incident: “… some guy went berserk on board 5 hrs into the flight claiming he had a bomb and everyone was going to die. It took 5 crew and the help of another large passenger to restrain him,” he wrote on social media.

“They had to handcuff him and then cover him with a blanket. My daughter Natalie says the guy was literally screaming and shouting he couldn't breathe. He shouted everyone was going to die. Absolutely terrifying,” he added.

He explained that the crew covered the man with a blanket because he began “spitting at everyone”.

Penk said his daughter was “fine but very shaken up” and paid tribute to the BA crew members and their actions.

“The BA crew on board were amazing apparently. Thank you to all the crew on BA flight 105 last night x,” he said.

The flight landed in Dubai at 6.56am. A spokesperson for British Airways told Arabian Business in a statement: “Our customers and crews deserve to enjoy their flights, and not to suffer any form of abuse. This sort of behaviour will absolutely not be tolerated, and the appropriate action will always be taken.”

Dubai Police and investigating the matter.

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