A 48-year-old woman caused a Thomson Airlines flight to diverted to Gatwick airport after she began to yell profanities, throw food, and beat people with her prosthetic leg. The airline response below is quintessential British.
The woman is described as “off her face on drink” and started to demand cigarettes on the flight from Enfidha, Tunisia to Edinburgh. She allegedly had had a scene at the resort in Tunisia and then again on the bus to the airport. Once on the plane, she demanded cigarettes and then said she wanted a parachute to jump off the flight (an option that may have seemed a good idea for the other passengers). She is described as throwing food at flight attendants and “swearing blue murder.” She then allegedly slapped a young girl before assaulting crew with her prosthetic leg. After throwing the prosthetic leg, she then allegedly began to kick them with her good leg.
I thought that this British scene seemed familiar:
The airline issued the following statement to its customers:
“We would like to reassure customers that their safety is our priority at all times. Thomson Airways operates a zero tolerance policy with regards to any disruptive behaviour on board and incidents of this type are extremely rare.”
It is certainly comforting to know that a passenger beating people with her prosthetic leg remains the type of thing that is “extremely rare” on Thomson Airways.