An “unruly” passenger has been detained after forcing a British Airways flight bound for Florida to make an unscheduled landing at Logan International Airport in Boston.
A 24-year-old Glasgow man was removed from the Orlando-bound flight on Thursday, half an hour after the Boeing 777 made an unscheduled landing.
According to a spokesman from Massachusetts State Police:
“Customs and Border Protection took custody of the 24-year-old man from Glasgow, Scotland. He will be summoned to appear in court accused of interfering with flight crew on the aircraft.”
Eyewitnesses claim the man began to wander around the Boeing 777 before asking cabin crew if he could get off the plane after it departed Gatwick Airport at 4.45pm. Air stewards had to keep him seated and the pilot even went down to speak to him, before deciding to divert the Florida-bound BA2039 flight to Boston, Massachusetts.
British Airways confirmed the flight was diverted due to an ‘unruly’ passenger. A spokeswoman said:
“Our customers and crews deserve to enjoy their flights, and not to suffer any form of abuse. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated, and the appropriate action will always be taken.We’d like to apologize for the delay to the other customers on the flight.”