Easyjet passenger forced off London plane for looking 'suspicious'

Man removed from plane after fellow passenger says she feels 'uncomfortable'


An easyJet plane soaring through the sky

A third man in the space of a few weeks has been forced to miss an Easyjet flight after another passenger reported him for acting in a "suspicious" manner.

A flight set off from Pisa to London with one passenger missing after a man was removed over concerns about his behaviour were raised with a member of staff.

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The man had been checked and cleared by security personnel at the Italian airport, but his flight took off without him on Wednesday.

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An airline spokeswoman confirmed that the flight from Pisa to Gatwick was delayed by more than an hour as security officials escorted the unnamed man off the plane. The airline refused to confirm the nationality or ethnicity of the passenger involved.

An Easyjet spokeswoman said he was given free hotel accommodation, a meal and a transfer on the next available flight once it was clear that he had done nothing wrong.

On March 29, black Londoner Meghary Yemane-Tesfagiorgis was escorted off an Easyjet flight flying from Rome Fiumicino to London Gatwick because a female passenger said she felt uncomfortable about him.

Following the incident, Mr Yemane-Tesfagiorgis claimed he had been the victim of racial profiling, adding that he was now seeking legal advice after Italian authorities spent 15 hours questioning him.

He was later cleared to fly by airport security, and was placed on the next flight back to London by easyJet.

EasyJet flights at Gatwick

He told ITV News: "With the communications I have had with easyJet since, I have let them know in no uncertain terms that I feel very strongly about this issue. I did not accept it and I asked where it fitted into civil aviation laws or if it is an easyJet policy.

"If (the other passenger) was uncomfortable, she should be the one that gets off the plane."

On February 25, a British Christian from an ethnic minority background was removed from an easyJet flight at Luton Airport. He was judged to be a security threat because he had a message on his phone involving prayer.

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