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Man arrested at Cork Airport when he became distraught and demanded that he be immediately allowed fly to Mecca

Published 08/12/2015 | 22:23

Runway at Cork Airport
Runway at Cork Airport

GARDAI arrested a man at Cork Airport after he became extremely distraught and demanded that he be immediately allowed fly to Mecca.

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The man, in his 30s and of Middle Eastern origin, became very agitated at the main terminal and refused initially to co-operate with airport security personnel.

Staff were very concerned for the man's welfare.

They became increasingly concerned about his erratic behaviour and his refusal to calm down.

As a precautionary measure, the armed Regional Support Unit were notified but the man was eventually restrained without incident.

The man was not armed but was said to be in a very distressed and confused state.

He was taken for questioning to Togher Garda Station.

However, it is expected that he will be referred for a full psychiatric and medical evaluation.

No-one was injured in the incident and no disruption was caused to airport operations.

Cork Airport does not operate a direct connection with Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

Muslims intent on flying to Mecca must make connections via London and Paris airports.

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