An irate passenger on a Thomson Air flight doesn’t have a leg to stand on – literally – after lobbing her prosthetic limb at the crew in an epic in-flight meltdown. The Thomson Airways flight from Tunisia to Edinburgh had to be diverted to Gatwick after a furious woman removed her leg, shouted obscenities and tossed her prosthetic limb at flight attendants.
Reports the UK’s SkyNews on July 31: “Sussex Police said the trouble began on Wednesday night when the 48-year-old woman started ‘swearing blue murder’ and throwing food at crew on Thomson Airlines flight 297. The woman, who is unemployed and from Edinburgh, was arrested by police at the North Terminal at 10:22pm on Wednesday.”
The woman, whose name was not released, was allegedly quite drunk, and started her tirade by shouting abuse and tossing food at the crew. Her meltdown reached the last leg when she slapped a child sitting near her and then took the time to unhitch her fake leg before whipping it down the plane’s fuselage.
“She was shouting ‘I want cigarettes’ and that she wanted a parachute to jump off the plane,” said 48-year-old John Smith, who was on the flight and witnessed the woman’s untimely vehemence.
“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,” Smith said. “It sounds funny, but it was not a laughing matter at the time. It was serious. She was totally drunk. It was pretty shocking.
After the plane landed, officials boarded the jet and placed the woman in handcuffs. She was arrested under “suspicion of using threatening behavior” on an aircraft.
Thomson Airways issued a statement, and apologized to the other passengers for the diversion and delay.
“Unfortunately a passenger became disruptive on board and as a last resort the captain decided to divert the flight to Gatwick. Upon landing, the aircraft was met by local police and the passenger was removed for questioning,” the statement read. “We would like to reassure customers that their safety is our priority at all times. Thomson Airways operates a zero-tolerance policy with regards to any disruptive behavior on board and incidents of this type are extremely rare.”