By Claire Valdini
The 28-year old is believed to be a close relative of Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
A Bahraini Prince was thrown off a British Airways flight in London and arrested for being drunk and disorderly, it has been reported.
The 28-year old, who was not named but is believed to be a close relative of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, jumped from his seat and went to complain to the captain about the “poor” service before the Boeing 777 took off from Heathrow to Bahrain.
Members of the crew were forced to call the police after he refused to go back to his seat. He was then removed from the plane and taken to a West London police station.
A police spokesperson confirmed the incident. “We were called at 10.34am on Sunday July 22 to an outward bound flight to Doha, Qatar, via Bahrain at London Heathrow after a man was reported to be causing a disturbance.
“A man who is 28 was arrested for being drunk and disorderly and failing to comply with the instructions of the cabin crew. He was taken to a west London police station and bailed to a date in September.”
A BA spokesman confirmed a passenger “was off-loaded from the London to Bahrain service” and appeared to be “intoxicated”.
And at the start of Ramadan too, would you believe it! (saracasm) Tut Tut.
The Bahraini price should be setting an example during the month of Ramadan. Instead he is swanning around Europe giving fellow Muslims a bad name.
Gotta love British Airways! They take no rubbish from ANYONE and make EVERYONE adhere to its rules and regulations regardless of they are. That's why it is my favourite airline and I never fly anyone else but them.
Keep it up, BA! I'll always respect you for this.
He should be given a fair trail and when found guilty should be punished as per Sharia law. He is Muslim and to add insult to the injury behaves like this in the holy month of Ramadan. Since he is from the royal family his punishment shall be doubled as he has failed to set an example
No, he should be given a fair trial and punished as per the law of the country in which he committed a crime. He should also be punished irrespective of his status, nationality or religion.
However I suspect, in common with others of his status who've committed crimes in the UK, he will claim diplomatic immunity. In which case, I hope the Bahraini authorities punish him in accordance with whatever laws and punishments exist for a Muslim drinking alcohol during Ramadan.
Agree with all comments, particularly Doug, but lets not forget, innocent unti, proven guilty! Cabin crew, particularly BA, are prone to melodrama. In fairness, if they act excessively, its often to protect passengers safety, but you never know.
Hahaha! The irony. The hypocrisy. He will probably be acquitted and the crew found guilty of forcing "mind altering drugs" on him. Its the Gulf summed up in one story!
i think this article report is inaccurate - why would a bahrain prince ever fly british airways when he has royal air force or gulf air.complain of inflight service could be justified if one is not prepared.
the majority of Bahrain population the Shi'ite are starving though there is lots of food in the country but it so expensive or they don't have access to. and this gentleman is drinking in Ramadan.
I suspect the reason why a Bahraini prince would pick BA over a private air force plane or Gulf Air is because he is probably not a sufficiently major royal to warrant a private jet, and if he flew Gulf Air, he wouldn't be served alcohol.
As for complaining about inflight service - yes, passengers are fully entitled to complain through the proper channels, such as talking to the head steward, or contacting BA's head office on arrival to register a complaint. The proper channel is NOT storming the cockpit to yell at the pilot, no matter how important you think you are.