State Police: Intoxicated Passenger Restrained on London-to-Boston Flight

Massachusetts State Police say a passenger on a London-to-Boston British Airways flight has been restrained as she tried to open an exit door.

British Airways told state police that the 30-year-old woman tried to open an exit door on Tuesday (Nov. 17) on Flight 213. The flight landed about a half-hour ahead of schedule at Boston’s Logan International Airport at 1:30 p.m. A spokesman for state police says troopers have taken the passenger into custody.

The investigation further indicates that the incident was a case of intoxication, and was not related to terrorism.

State police say the female passenger is off the plane and currently being interviewed by state and federal authorities. Interviews are also being conducted with the flight crew and witnesses. Police expect the passenger will face charges of at least interfering with a flight crew. It is possible other charges could be sought related to her unruly behavior, if evidence warrants. She is expected to be arraigned in East Boston District Court Wednesday. 

Initial reports indicated the passenger tried to enter the cockpit.

In a statement, British Airways called the passenger “unruly” and said the flight crew asked that police meet the flight in Boston. The airline says it does not tolerate abusive behavior, but it didn’t elaborate.

- The Associated Press

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