A female passenger had to be restrained on a Boston-bound British Airways flight London after she tried to open the exit door.
Crew members called the police while they were still in the air to report an ‘unruly passenger’. Incidents of unruly passengers is common and they usually involve alcohol. However, given the heightened security alert following Friday’s attacks in Paris, all staff in airports, stations and public centres are on alert.
The woman is said to be in her 30s and is currently being questioned by police who have described her as “intoxicated”.
An early statement report by police said that the woman had tried to open the cockpit door, this was inaccurate, police said.
“I think she had a vapour cigarette and she was going into the bathroom trying to use that,” said passenger Debbie O’Leary. “I think once they said that she couldn’t, she got very violent about it”.
British Airways Spokesman Dave Procopio said it was unclear what the female passenger’s motivation was. Later the state police tweeted that the woman, whom they say was drunk, will likely be charged with interfering with a flight crew.
British Airways Flight 213 landed safely at Boston’s Logan Airport at 1:30pm (6:30pm GMT) and Massachusetts State Police troopers met the aircraft when it landed, they said.
Police identified the flight number as 213, which left London’s Heathrow airport at 6:57am (11:57am GMT) and said troopers were positioned at the jet bridge to take the passenger into custody.
A clerk set bail at $1,040 for Dolniak. She had not posted bail by Tuesday evening and, as a result, was being held overnight at the state police barracks at the airport.
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