Tuesday 25 October 2016

Terror alert on EasyJet flight from Edinburgh as man claims to have gun onboard

Published 03/08/2016 | 13:33

A flight out of the UK was forced to make a 600-mile diversion due to a disruptive passenger who claimed to have a gun onboard.

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The EasyJet service from Edinburgh was bound for Funchal in Madeira on Monday but had to make an emergency landing in Lisbon.

One passenger revealed: "Once we landed in Lisbon we were advised to stay in our seats as the police would be boarding to remove the passenger who had been abusive to those around him and said he had a gun."

Reports that the passenger claimed to have had a gun on board have not been confirmed by the airline.

The flight was met by police in the Portuguese capital and then made its way to its intended destination around 605 miles away, delayed by about two hours.

The airline has apologised for any inconvenience caused to passengers but stressed it takes such incidents seriously.

An EasyJet spokeswoman said: "EasyJet can confirm that flight EZY6957 from Edinburgh to Funchal on August 1 diverted to Lisbon and was met by police due to a passenger behaving disruptively.

"EasyJet’s cabin crew are trained to assess and evaluate all situations and to act quickly and appropriately to ensure that the safety of the flight and other passengers is not compromised at any time.

"Whilst such incidents are rare we take them very seriously, do not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour on board and always push for prosecution.

"We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused."

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