Emirates passenger arrested after crew assault

Dutch man was arrested on arrival at London Heathrow after he attacked at least one cabin crew member
Image Source: Dr Farah Jameel Twitter
Image Source: Dr Farah Jameel Twitter

A passenger on board an Emirates flight from Dubai to London’s Heathrow airport was arrested after he assaulted at least one cabin crew member.

The passenger had to be restrained after he became violent on board the EK005 flight and headbutted one of the crew members.

It took four staff and a policeman, who happened to be on board the flight, to restrain the man. He was arrested when the plane landed at 8pm on Sunday last and taken to Heathrow police station.

Dr Farah Jameel, a passenger on board the flight, told the Evening Standard that the incident took place in one of the galley areas on the aircraft.

“The guy was pinned down and they had tied him up. His hands, legs, and even someone holding his head,” said Dr Jameel.

“They even at one point put a surgical face mask on him, I guess to try to stop him biting them. They were wearing gloves as well. It was the second time he had kicked off. There was a police officer on the flight and he put him in a headlock.

“They held him there trying to calm him down but he still kept abusing. The whole cabin could hear, everyone was freaked out,” she added.

A spokesperson for Scotland Yard told the newspaper that they received call on Sunday evening regarding a “violent passenger” and later arrested a 30-year-old Dutch national on suspicion of common assault. The spokesman added that police were not treating the attack as an act of terrorism incident.

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