Jet passenger flown back in handcuffs
A BRITISH Airways passenger flew back to Heathrow in handcuffs on Monday after being refused entry to Israel on “mental health” grounds.
The passenger, named as Ms M Kamara, 24, an American, had to be returned to the UK, having flown to Israel from London.
An Israeli Interior Ministry spokeswoman said Ms Kamara had caused a disturbance when stopped from entering the country.
Officials had asked BA to provide a security guard to escort her on to the plane, but this had taken six days to arrange. Other passengers said she had been disruptive onboard. On arrival in London, the plane was met by police who took her off in handcuffs.
A BA spokesman said: “The passenger was detained in Tel Aviv and became aggressive and abusive , which was why she was escorted on to the aircraft to return to the UK.
“During the flight she was disruptive despite being restrained, so the captain radioed ahead of arrival and the police came to meet the aircraft.”
She was arrested on leaving the aircraft and taken to Heathrow Police Station, but was later released without charge.