Photos & Video: Police Arrest Airline Passenger

November 24, 2014

[Updated with video. Police said a 25 year old man assaulted flight attendants, was forcibly taken to the rear of the aircraft where he was restrained until the flight landed in Bermuda, after which he was arrested.]

A Thomas Cook airline diverted to Bermuda this afternoon [Nov 24] following what we understand to be an issue with a passenger. The police were seen going up the steps to the plane, and it appears they escorted someone off the flight and loaded them into a waiting police vehicle.

According to online flight data, the Thomas Cook flight was traveling from Manchester, UK and was heading to Cuba, and touched down in Bermuda at around 2.00pm. We will update with additional information as able.

Update 3.28pm: A police spokesperson said, “Police responded to a report of an unruly passenger on board a Thomas Cook Airline Plane travelling from Manchester, England to Cuba today at 1:50pm.

“It appears that the unruly passenger was on board creating a major commotion. The 25 year old man assaulted flight attendants and threatened to harm persons onboard the plane after he apparently consumed too much of alcohol.

“The man was forcibly taken to the rear of the aircraft where he was restrained until the flight landed in Bermuda. He then promptly arrested and taken to Hamilton Police Station where he was processed and detained.”

Update 5.05pm: The Department of Airport Operations said they “can confirm that a Thomas Cook Aircraft, travelling from Manchester England en route to Cuba landed in Bermuda earlier this afternoon and an unruly male passenger was taken into custody by the Bermuda Police Service. The passenger is currently being detained by the Bermuda Police.”

Update 7.00pm: The flight has departed Bermuda, heading to its original destination of Cuba

Update Nov 25: A Thomas Cook spokesperson said: “Thomas Cook Airlines can confirm that flight TCX244 from Manchester to Holguin, Cuba, diverted to Bermuda and a customer was removed from the aircraft and detained by local police.

“We operate a zero-tolerance policy towards any behaviour on board our aircraft that affects the safety and welfare of our customers and crew. We’d like to thank those customers continuing to Cuba for their patience during the short delay in Bermuda.”

Update Nov 25: A BMOC spokesperson said, “Bermuda Air Traffic Control tower advises that an Airbus A332, operated by Thomas Cook, is diverting to Bermuda to land an un-ruly passenger manifesting “Air Rage”. The passenger was reported restrained onboard and that the aircraft Cockpit was secured.

“The aircraft was on a flight from Manchester, U.K., enroute Cuba and diverted to Bermuda landing the passenger to Police custody. The aircraft was on the ground at 2:00pm and departed thereafter onwards to Cuba.”

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This is the second flight diversion to Bermuda in recent days, following after a Jet Blue flight [pictured below] diverted to the island on Friday [Nov 21] evening due to what understand to a medical emergency with a passenger.

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  1. Terry says:

    People will do anything to see our shores.
    Then again…..maybe they did not want to go back and Fidel whilst Havanna burns………

  2. yamon says:

    Sure is a horde of police there. Is this guy Kimbo Slice or something?

  3. Mr.Speaker says:

    Im not tryna sound evil but what if someone on that plane has Ebola. We need to stop being nice n always havin these emergency flights landing here.

    • Christopher James says:

      We weren’t ‘being nice’ – it was an emergency!

    • pity the fools says:

      you don’t sound evil you sound dumb

    • smh says:

      You don’t sound evil…you sound retarded…you do realize it’s at least 6 other flights a day that come to Bermuda from foreign countries that could possibly have a person(s) with ebola onboard.

  4. Truth is killin' me... says:

    Manure supporter!

    • hmm says:

      most likely a Shi**y fan if the are to be believed when they say the whole city is blue

  5. C says:

    You can’t catch Ebola unless you are in contact with their body fluid. Educate

    • foolishness says:

      Today, the Ebola virus spreads only through direct contact with bodily fluids, such as blood and vomit. But some of the nation’s top infectious disease experts worry that this deadly virus could mutate and be transmitted just by a cough or a sneeze.

  6. Bryan says:

    “The 25 year old man assaulted flight attendants and threatened to harm persons onboard the plane after he apparently consumed too much of alcohol.”

    meanwhile, marijuana is STILL illegal in most parts of the world, while alcohol remains legal and served almost EVERYWHERE for public consumption. Despite the fact that it’s common knowledge people turn into complete idiots if they ‘consume to much alcohol’.
    Smh

    • sebring says:

      mariguana is also know to make people naturaly more agressive ! Keep looking for facts i don´t have the link handy !

      • fedup says:

        “mariguana is also know to make people naturaly more agressive ”

        No it isn’t…it is know to make people misspell common words though.

      • s.r says:

        You a are stupid ****. Probably never enjoyed a spliff in your life. Who are you to say marijuana makes people agressive. Stupid people I tell u

      • Grizz says:

        “Marijuana is also known to make people naturally more aggressive”…IN WHAT FRI@@IN COUNTRY….maaaaaan people say anything!

    • Family Man says:

      Oh, I don’t know about that. You just have to look at some of the comments here to see how many people are complete idiots without the benefit of alcohol.

    • codfish and potatoes says:

      Good idea. Ban alcohol and marijuana. Both destroy humans.

      • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

        isn’t marijuana already banned..? come on catch up.

      • nothing up my sleeve says:

        Humans destroy humans, whether diectly or indirectly. Ban humans!

  7. clearasmud says:

    I wonder why they would need so many officers to collect a man that was already subdued by the crew?

    • Local Yocal says:

      Keep wondering….if they did not have enough police officers you would be commenting about that. Do you ask the same silly questions when you see 15 public works staff sitting around while 1 is actually working? Clearly you have never had the responsibility of others safety in your job description…….

      • yamon says:

        You’re the moron. The space in that aircraft fits about two people side by side. What you think 12 officers are gonna be able to do moron?

      • yamon says:

        You’re a local idiot.

    • Paul says:

      Drama Darling Drama !

    • yamon says:

      Because Local Yokal said it was logical. The moron has no idea about the practicalities of subduing an individual in a tight space on a plane. It requires 2 cops with handcuffs and taser to deal with that drunken jerk. But Local Moron thinks we need 12.

      • Nahmon says:

        Hey Yamon, look at the story about the brush fire… I bet you disagree with 11 fire personnel attending to a fire where two people with a garden hose could have put it out? Used a taser often??

    • Ruthless says:

      Just supposed he had about three male friends that refused to let two Officers take him off the plane! Then you would complain that they didn’t have enough Officers. SMDH they also need to search his belongings and seat area for anything untoward. I supposed you want one officer to do everything hey?,

  8. Coffee says:

    That guy needs some Cuban justice .

  9. Jo Blo says:

    Another moment brought to you by the kind folks at Alcohol Inc…

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      The Dislikes in response to my comment… Brought to you by the kind folks at Alcohol Inc…

  10. Sky Pilot says:

    should have ejected him without a ‘chute!

  11. double M says:

    Because no good story started with a salad!

  12. Paul says:

    Likely an Arsenal supporter lol

  13. Trob says:

    My folks are on that plane I just hope he hasn’t ruined their holiday and everyone else’s!

  14. Dee Dee says:

    I hesitate to comment on Bernews because of the haterism spewed through comments which has nothing to do with the subject of discussion. Seriously? for Real? Honestly? Anyways I wish to comment on the unruly passenger. Hope Bermuda also makes him pay for wasting our taxpayer’s money. I can imagine the cost of his ignorance!

  15. Triangle Drifter says:

    Bet he has second thoughts about getting drunk on the plane next time he wants to go somewhere.

    Very fitting fine for wasting so much time of the rest of the passengers, never mind thousands of extra costs for the carrier to stop here.

  16. MAKE MY DAY says:

    It took 6 “cops” to take a drunken Man United supporter off the plane??? Next time “Tazer” him!!

    • Nahmon says:

      Exactly why would they send so many cops? Surely one cop would have been enough! It’s always best to arrive with a minimum of resources because nothing ever really happens and the police always have the best most accurate information and police never should have a contingency plan. And if it all did go wrong because the police didn’t show up with more than enough resources the foreign press would never pick up the story and make Bermuda look stupid. Who has ever even heard of Tom Cooke airlines anyway? Yamon for Commissioner!