Man arrested at Belfast Airport after becoming 'violent' on flight from Turkey

Man arrested at Belfast Airport after becoming 'violent' on flight from Turkey

A 20-year-old holidaymaker has been arrested at Belfast Airport after causing a "violent disturbance" on a Thomas Cook flight from Turkey.

The man had to be restrained by fellow passengers after he started "lashing out" about 45 minutes into the flight.

One passenger, Ivan Moore, was on the flight and helped to restrain the man. He told the BBC: "It was like something out of a movie. I just didn't expect it to happen in real life.

"The air hostesses asked him to sit down but he was shouting and lashing out. When he refused to behave, myself and another passenger intervened."

Mr Moore added: "You could almost smell the fear in the cabin, it affected the women and children more. Some of the passengers were very upset."

According to the Independent.ie, a Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) spokeswoman said: "A 20-year-old man from Lurgan was arrested at 4.45am at Belfast International Airport after causing a disturbance on a flight from Turkey.

"He was restrained by passengers after becoming violent on the flight. He has now been released pending further inquiries."

An airline spokesman told the Belfast Telegraph: "Thomas Cook Airlines can confirm an incident on board TCX8765 flying from Dalaman to Belfast resulted in the police attending the aircraft on arrival this morning.

"We operate a zero-tolerance policy towards any disruptive or aggressive behaviour on board our aircraft which may affect the health, safety and well-being of other passengers and our crew."

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