Man attempts to 'hijack' plane with a Toblerone

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A passenger attempted to hijack a Cathay Pacific flight armed with a bar of Toblerone chocolate, a court has heard.

Antti Oskari Manselius, 23, from Finland, was on board a Hong Kong-bound plane when he reportedly demanded it fly to Sochi so he could watch the Winter Olympics.

He also allegedly made a false bob threat on the 14 February flight from Amsterdam.

Manselius pleaded not guilty to the disorderly conduct and giving false information about a bomb when he appeared in court this week, reports the Irish Examiner.

Instead, he said, he was making "fun and jokes".

According to Sky News, one of the flight attendants told the court that Manselius wrapped two economy class blankets around his head, leaving only his eyes visible, and wore another one on his back like a cape, when he walked towards the cockpit holding the large chocolate bar "like a sword".

Leung Hiu-Lun, a 37-year-old flight attendant, told the court: "He said: 'I am robbing the plane now. I want to see the Olympics in Sochi and I need to get off the plane now'.

"He was furious. He made me feel like he was trying to endanger the aircraft."

The Mirror reports that Leung added Manselius was not violent, only waving the bar around as he talked.

Cabin crew and other passengers later restrained him in his seat.

Manselius was arrested by police after the plane landed in Hong Kong, and was sent to a psychiatric centre.

The trial continues.

15 flights from hell

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