British Airways flight forced to divert due to ‘unruly’ Scot

A Scottish man was removed from the flight. Picture: PA Wire
A Scottish man was removed from the flight. Picture: PA Wire
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A British Airways flight has been forced to divert to Boston en route from London to Florida because of an “unruly” passenger.

The 24-year-old Glaswegian was removed from the flight between to Orlando at 4.45pm local time (9.45pm BST) on Thursday, half an hour after it made the unscheduled landing at Logan International Airport.

Massachusetts State Police said the man would be summoned to appear in court accused of interfering with flight crew on the Boeing 777, which took off from Gatwick on Thursday afternoon.

A force spokesman said: “Customs and Border Protection took custody of the 24-year-old man from Glasgow, Scotland.

“Massachusetts State Police will be summonsing the man for interfering with a flight crew.”

A British Airways spokeswoman said: “Our customers and crews deserve to enjoy their flights, and not to suffer any form of abuse.

“Disruptive behaviour will not be tolerated, and the appropriate action will always be taken.

“We’d like to apologise for the delay to the other customers on the flight.”

Scottish passenger Mark Christie, 30, from Aberdeen, said: “The drunk guy got on the flight and became increasingly more drunk. Then he started wandering around and asking if he could get off. I think that was the worry.

“Eventually he needed to be baby-sat by two cabin crew at a time. Then the pilot came through to try and calm him down. And he obviously decided it was better to land in Boston.”

British garage band Gorgon City were also on the plane when the drama unfolded, as they tried to make their way to Orlando for a gig.

They wrote on Twitter: “Quick stop in Boston so someone on the plane can get arrested, now we fly to Orlando to play tonight.”

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