A scheduled flight to Edinburgh was forced to detour to London on Wednesday evening after an irate, drunken passenger attacked the flight crew with her prosthetic leg. Yes, you read that right.
Around 10 p.m. yesterday evening on a Thomson Airways flight from Tunisia to Edinburgh, an inebriated woman, 48, who wasn't named, started a kerfuffle with the flight crew after she demanded a "cigarette" and a "parachute" so she could jump off the plane. If you're a smoker who's ever been a little lubricated on a long flight, you can probably relate. The woman's behavior became an issue, however, after she allegedly slapped a young girl sitting next to her.
The cabin crew asked her to settle down, but the ever-resourceful loon began to unstrap her prosthetic leg and swing it wildly at the airline employees. When a small group took the leg from the woman and moved to restrain her, she began kicking them with her good leg.
Eye-witness John Smith, also 48, described the scene to reporters:
"She was shouting ‘I want cigarettes’ and that she wanted a parachute to jump off the plane. She slapped a young girl and then assaulted the cabin crew with her prosthetic leg. They took it off her, but she started kicking them with her good leg. It sounds funny, but it was not a laughing matter at the time. It was serious. She was totally drunk. It was pretty shocking.”
The police report also suggested that she'd been throwing food in addition to physically assaulting the flight crew. According to Smith (via some second hand reports from other passengers), the woman's bad behavior actually began on the bus ride from her hotel to the airport. "She was disabled and the family had left her on her own," he said. "While they got a taxi, they let her stay on."
As the woman was led off by police at London's Gatwick Airport, several reports claim the passengers did a "rousing rendition of the Hokey Cokey" (stateside we call that the Hokey Pokey), which seems like a spiteful way to celebrate the departure of someone who can't put her leg in or out (even if she can shake it all about).
The flight was originally scheduled to land in Edinburgh at about 11:30 pm, but the woman's shenanigans delayed arrival until 2:30 the following morning.