Jet pas­sen­ger flown back in hand­cuffs

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANA GLOGER

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.

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