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Air Berlin Jet Diverts to Turkey to Kick Out Elderly Woman for Using Wrong Toilet

air berlinAn Air Berlin flight made an emergency landing at Erzurum Airport in Turkey, on October 21.

The pilot requested an emergency landing after an elderly Slovakian woman used the toilet reserved for business class travelers. The plane was en-route from Vienna, Austria to Abu Dhabi, UAE at the time. According to Edita Kmetova, 60, she got sick mid-flight and had to use business class toilet because economy class toilet was already in use. When she came out, the pilot, business class passengers, and stewardesses confronted her and handcuffed her for the rest of the flight.

The plane landed safely in Erzurum. According to the airport manager Abubekir Özcan, he asked the crew to un-cuff her and took her for questioning. However, since she had no criminal record, she was released.

Özcan also said he had requested the pilot to allow Kmetova to continue her journey as she had no money and looked devastated. But the pilot took off without her.

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Southwest Plane Returns to LAX after Physical Altercation Between Passengers

southwest_airlines_logoSouthwest flight 2010 had to return and make an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport, California, on October 18.

According to the airline, the plane was heading to San Francisco when the the pilot declared emergency due to a physical altercation between two passengers. Some sources reported that a male passenger choked a female passenger after she reclined the seat in front of him.

The plane landed safely. The male passenger was taken in by FBI agents for questioning.

The airline arranged an alternate plane for the remaining 136 passengers.

Condor Airlines Jet Diverts to Denver International Airport

condor airlinesA Condor Airlines plane made an emergency landing at Denver International Airport, Colorado, on August 28.

Authorities said the plane, en-route from Las Vegas to Frankfurt, was escorted by two fighter jets after the pilot declared an in-flight emergency due to a ‘disturbance on the plane.’

The Boeing 767 landed uneventfully and everyone aboard remained safe.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, “The disturbance aboard the flight was deemed a customer service issue and not a life-threatening matter and the airline handled the matter according to their policy for customer service related matters. No arrest was made.”

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Ryanair Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Athens due to a Disruptive Passenger

RyanairA Ryanair flight en route from Thessaloniki, Greece to Paphos, Cyprus, had to make an emergency landing in Athens due to a disruptive passenger.

The plane took off at about 10 p.m. on June 23, with 168 passengers aboard. Soon after take-off, a 37 year old passenger claiming to be a “mechanic” started banging at the cockpit door and tried to break-in.

The pilot reported the situation to Greek authorities who advised him to land in Athens. The troublesome passenger, believed to be a Cypriot national, was immobilized by the crew members and other passengers while the plane, which was just 20 minutes into the flight, was turned towards Athens. The plane safely landed and the passenger was handed over to the police.

The passengers were accommodated in nearby hotels for the night. They continued their journey to Paphos on the next day.

A spokesperson of Ryanair said, “We will fully assist the Greek police with the prosecution of this individual. We apologise sincerely to our other 168 customers on this flight for any delay or inconvenience suffered as a result of this diversion.”

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Flight diverts to Stansted

A Sri Lankan Airlines plane en route from Colombo to Heathrow diverted to Stansted to make an emergency landing after two passengers endangered the plane. One of the passengers said “something” was in the luggage hold.

The 267 passengers and crew were uninjured. The two passengers were taken into custody. One is undergoing medical treatment in a hospital and one is at Harlow Police station.

The investigation is being handled as a criminal matter.

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British Airways Diverts to Orlando with Drunken Englishman

BA2202 flight passenger Sean Jude Kelly was drunk aboard his flight from Cancun Mexico. Normally, he is a moneybroker from Kent. But after a week in Cancun drinking, he became a hooligan.

On the flight home, he started threatening (278) passengers.

Three hours after taking off from Cancun, the British Airways captain detoured to Orlando Florida, where Kelly was arrested (before or after?) attacking a female Orlando police officer. Kelly is now being held in jail.

Flight attendants said Kelly spat at them, and fought other passengers. He drank half a 750ml bottle of Stolichnaya Vodka aboard the plane, and prior to boarding had taken anti-anxiety meds.

Speaking from my fantastic hotel in Cancun…
There’s plenty of rest and relaxation to be had in Cancun without spending the week in a bottle…

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Jump Seat Fake pilot arrested on US Airways flight

Philippe Jernnard was wearing an Air France shirt, a fake Air France badge, had an Air France bag and was carrying a falsified an Air France ID card when he boarded a US Airways Philadelphia-West Palm Beach flight.

Instead of taking his seat in coach, he asked if there was room in first class, then seated himself on the cockpit’s jump seat.

The impersonation attempt began after Jernnard was denied an upgrade to business class.

When the captain told Jernnard he hadn’t filled out the paperwork and had to return to his seat, Jernnard argued.

The argument led to authorities being called, and they took him into custody.

He is charged with criminal trespass, tampering with records, impersonating a person privately employed and false ID to law enforcement. Jernnard is a French citizen.

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Flight Attendants Delay Flight

What: American Eagle flight en route from New York to Washington DC
Where: New York
When: Sept 19, 2012
Who: 2 flight attendants
Why: Pilot turns plane around when two Flight attendants fight on American Eagle Flight.

Flight 3823 was delayed for four hours. Lucky passengers. Apparently this happened wednesday, and on Thursday management gave them a “talking to.”

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