Flight Diverts, Man Taken Into Police Custody

May 16, 2017

[Updated] A Virgin Atlantic airplane — which according to online flight data was traveling from London to Jamaica — diverted to Bermuda this afternoon [May 16], and after the plane landed, a man was seen being escorted out of the airport in police custody.

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Multiple police officers and vehicles were seen at the airport, and after the plane landed police officers were seen escorting a man, who was handcuffed, out of the airport into a car.

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As the man, who by his accent appeared to be a British national, was being escorted into the police car he was loudly alleging that he was “being treated like a goat or a cow.”

We have asked officials for further information, and will update as able.

police Bermuda May 16 2017

Update May 17th: A Virgin Atlantic spokesperson told Bernews, “The VS65, from London Gatwick to Montego Bay on 16th May, diverted to Bermuda in order to remove a disruptive customer.

“The safety and security of customers and crew is always our priority and we will not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour on board our aircraft.

“We always want our customers to have the best experience when they fly with us, and while very rare, it is disappointing when a disruptive individual impacts that experience for other customers.”

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  1. Triangle Drifter says:

    Some people just don’t know how to behave.

    • Andrew says:

      FTFY: Some goats just don’t know how to behave.

    • Passa Doe Bley? says:

      You act like an @$$, be prepared to be treated like a @$$

      • Somerset says:

        I like that… “Act like an @$$, be prepared to be treated like an animal!”

  2. Not An Ignorant Fool says:

    hope this isn’t another United Airlines situation.

  3. George says:


    Google the last time a Virgin Atlantic flight was diverted to Bermuda. Three years ago on the same date, May 16th. BERMUDA TRIANGLE ALERT BERMUDA TRIANGLE ALERT

  4. PBanks says:

    Man, it would be nice to have Virgin Atlantic arrive in Bermuda for non-diversion purposes, though

  5. Game Changer2017 says:

    PBanks, I was thinkung the same thing. We need Virgin coming in on a regular schedule.