Passenger Flown From Bermuda Under Guard

November 9, 2010

The 45-year-old female who was arrested after a plane diverted to Bermuda in Friday night, was flown out of the island yesterday [Nov 8] on a commercial flight via the USA under the escort of two Bermuda Police Service officers.

They arrived in Manchester this morning and she was immediately taken into custody by Manchester police officers who have now taken over the investigation.

About 6:30 p.m. on Friday 5th November, a Thomson Airways flight from Manchester, England to the Dominican Republic with 278 passengers and nine crew onboard, diverted to Bermuda as a result of a disruptive female passenger. The Bermuda Police state that she is alleged to have assaulted a crew member, and following this incident she was restrained by crew and passengers for the remainder of the flight.

She is pictured below being escorted from the airport by local officers:

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According to media reports from the UK press, the woman was thought to have been drinking from a secret alcohol stash. One of the passengers, Brett Kenyon, 27, from Manchester, told the UK media that the woman stood up and begun “shouting incoherently” and lashing out at staff. He went on: “She went for them and hit one of the male stewards. He had a big shiner. Even when police took her she was struggling and tried to run off.”

A statement from the Bermuda Police this morning follows below:

About 6:30 p.m. on Friday 5th November 2010, a Thomson Airways flight from Manchester, England to the Dominican Republic with 278 passengers and nine crew onboard, diverted to Bermuda as a result of a disruptive female passenger.

The passenger was said to have been involved in a loud argument with her husband and later became abusive to other passengers and crew who were trying to calm her down. Efforts were made to restrain her, during which she is alleged to have assaulted a crew member. She was eventually restrained by crew and passengers for the remainder of the flight.

On arrival of the plane at L. F. Wade International Airport, police officers went onboard and arrested the 45 year old female who was still acting in a disorderly manner and using profanity. She was arrested under the provisions of the Aviation Security & Piracy (Overseas Territories) Order 2000 and detained at Southside Police Station. Over the weekend she was interviewed by detectives from the Southside Police Station and a file prepared for review by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

On the advice of the DPP, the matter was referred to the Police in the U. K. and arrangements were made to repatriate the prisoner. She was flown out of the island on Monday afternoon, 8th November on a commercial flight via the U. S. A. under the escort of two Bermuda Police Service officers. They arrived in Manchester this morning and she was immediately taken into custody by Manchester police officers who have now taken over the investigation. The Bermuda Police Service will continue to provide all necessary support to the Manchester Police in their investigation.

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  1. love&light says:

    just curious – who foots the bill for the flights of the Police officers escorting the lady??

  2. itwasn'tme says:

    Now, had one of us acted the fool on a BA flight midway accross the atlantic, do you think that a Gatwick Bobby would bother sheilding your face? Do you think that the Sun, Times, etc would bother running a pic with your face sheilded? Show her bloody face!

  3. Liz says:

    Great job DPP send her home and let them deal with her. She isn’t Bermuda’s problem anyway besides do we even have anything in place (in the law books) to deal with her properly. She should have to pay for everything from the plane getting diverted to the police escort back to Manchester. Shame her show her face.

  4. Call as it is says:

    wonders what authority Bermuda Police had in the USA?

    • nuffin but da truth says:

      Bda Police would have had NO authority in the USA and she could easily have told the 2 officers to get lost,however,as she probably did not have a Visa for the USA,the US Border Patrol probably held her until the UK flight and I suspect she was escorted onto that plane by US agents.
      Had she have tried to run away from the Bda Police in the US Airport Terminal and got out onto US soil she would have been in serious US Federal trouble.