Flight Diverts To Bermuda, Disruptive Passenger

August 1, 2017 | 16 Comments

[Updated] A Lufthansa flight — traveling from Panama to Germany — diverted to Bermuda early this morning [Aug 1] as a result of a disruptive passenger, with the 28-year-old French man being removed from the plane and arrested by the police.

A Skyport spokesperson said, “A Lufthansa flight from Panama was today diverted to Bermuda as a result of a disruptive passenger.

“The aircraft arrived at the LF Wade International Airport at 2:28 this morning enroute from Panama City to Frankfurt, Germany, with 258 passengers on board.

A Skyport Airport Duty Officer said: “The aircraft landed at the LF Wade International Airport this morning with 258 passengers and 14 crew members. Once the aircraft taxied in, the Bermuda Police Service boarded and removed the passenger in question.”

“The aircraft refueled before departing the Island for Frankfurt at 4:40am.”

Update 2.15pm: A police spokesperson said, “At 1:32am this morning [Tuesday] police responded to a report of an unruly passenger on board a Lufthansa flight 485 that departed Panama City, Panama enroute to Frankfurt Germany.

“The plane was diverted to Bermuda and the 28-year-old French man was arrested and taken to Hamilton Police Station. The plane with 258 passengers and 14 crew then continued the journey to Germany at 4:40am. Inquiries into matter are ongoing.”

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  1. Um.... says:

    Was probably cheaper than booking from Panama to Bermuda.

  2. sage says:

    Let me guess, he was drunk.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      Or high on something maybe ?

      • sage says:

        Want to bet?

        • Toodle-oo says:

          I’ll bet you every red cent I have that you have a predisposition against alcoholic beverages as in your world it’s the root of every incident that ever happens and you never give a thought that there are other substances that cause devious , dangerous and anti-social behavior.

          When your herb is finally allowed in some form that makes you happy maybe your bitter assumptions will evaporate . And then again , probably not .

          • sage says:

            Incredible how you figured that out, now put some thought into why I have this ‘pre-disposition’.

          • Real Deal says:

            alcoholic is not for everyone some people transform as soon as they get a sip

  3. Marek says:

    We were on that flight. Extra 5 hours at the top of 10 hr long flight. One of the passengers s*** his pens as we were banned from using toilets for most of that time on the ground. They had to find the luggage for that passenger, so the delay was much longer than it should be. I guess the total cost of the delay is close to half a million (counting all missed connection flights for almost all passengers, missed meetings, loss of the business, cost of landing in Bermudas, etc.). I bet they never charge the disruptive passenger for that loss and the cost of that would have to be split among all other passengers. Bravo Lufthansa !!!

    • Toodle-oo says:

      Admittedly , the fine he got in court was ludicrous .

    • Anna says:

      @Marek: If the flight landed in Bermuda at 2.28am and left at 4.40am. Is this 5 hours in your world of maths? If a plane if being refueled, passengers are not allowed to use toilets for security reasons. Never. And in regards to your last sentence: would you have rather had a trans-Atlantic flight with a potential security threat on board? Use your brain!

      • Micro says:

        5 hours from the initial disturbance?

      • Marek says:

        I am talking about redirecting the flight, not staying at the airport. When you add all that we had to change the route, then land, stay for close to 2.5 hr, then start, get back to previous route, it adds extra 5 hours. The pilots wanted to cut that time, but of course it was impossible.
        > trans-Atlantic flight with a potential security threat on board?
        That would be better and there was no security threat. They were more concerned about the guy well-being, than about the passengers.
        $1,000 which he eventually received is laughable. Every of the passengers lost probably similar to that amount due to messed-up schedule (Frankfurt is only connection airport, not final destination one).
        I would not mind signing a waver before every of my flights assuring that in the case I (or any of my dependents) cause the disruption I would cover all expenses related to cost of landing, police, and all passenger’s delays. It should be the way to buy even an insurance for that. But charging drunk French teacher $1,000 cries for questioning any logic in all of that. His ticket from Panama to Bermudas would probably cost close to that…

        • Anna says:

          From what I gather from your initial post, you accuse the airline of not having acted in a manner more to your taste. Tell me on detail what should have been done differently.

          The luggage had to be offloaded in case this was a staged incident. Would you rather have been blown up midway over the Atlantic?

          “There was no security threat?” If you were right there and not just sitting lamely in you seat, please describe the actual situation in detail.

          The 1000 dollar fine is ridiculous, I agree. However, that is entirely a matter of the country where he was offloaded (in this case Bermuda). Would he have been offloaded in the US, we would have seen a much higher fine.

          I understand you are pissed off about the hassle you, the other passengers as well as the air crew had to endure, but some of your reasonings are a bit unlogical.

    • Micro says:

      There are hefty penalties for threatening the safety of aircraft.

  4. Tired says:

    Who else is finding it strange that this is happening a bit to often? Its something behind all of these diverted planes i feel it. Just like i felt when the Canadian went missing next you knew the Rebecca Midleton documentary was published shortly after..

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