Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Cockpit Scare On Canaries Holiday Flight
A passenger tried to force his way into the cockpit on board a plane flying to the Canary Islands.
Staff and other passengers restrained the man on the Thomson Airways flight from Cardiff.
He was arrested when it landed at Las Palmas airport, Gran Canaria.
It is not being treated as a terrorist incident.
A spokeswoman for the airport said the man, a Spaniard from the Canary Islands, was "nervous" and "panicked" during the flight.
She added that he was later freed by police.
The man was one of 193 people on board the jet when it took off from Cardiff Airport at 8.20am, including five cabin crew, the captain and a first officer.
A Thomson spokeswoman confirmed that a passenger became disruptive and demonstrated aggressive behaviour towards customers and crew.
"The passenger was restrained during the flight and in accordance with our procedures the aircraft was met by the local police upon arrival in Gran Canaria."
She added: "Thomson Airways operates a zero tolerance approach towards aggressive behaviour on board its flights.
"The safety of our customers and crew is the airline's number one priority at all times."