Man tasered on board Belfast bound plane at Gatwick is sectioned

Man tasered on board Belfast bound plane at Gatwick is sectioned

A man who was tasered by police on board an aircraft at Gatwick Airport has been detained under the UK’s Mental Health Act.

Sussex Police said the 37-year-old was taken off the easyJet flight to Belfast shortly after 8am yesterday after being arrested by firearms officers called to the aircraft by the crew.

A taser was used to make the arrest in the interests of the safety of the passengers, crew and the man himself.

Gatwick Airport

The man, from Belfast, was arrested on suspicion of breach of the peace and obstructing/resisting a constable in the execution of their duty.

A police spokesman said: “On Thursday evening, following examination by doctors, he was detained under Section 2 of the Mental Health Act for admission into a psychiatric unit for further assessment and treatment in the interest of his own health, safety and protection of others.”

Earlier it was reported that the incident leading to the arrest was to do with him wanting to take two pieces of hand luggage on to the plane.

Police said there were reports of a passenger who was becoming increasingly abusive following a dispute over luggage.

After the man was arrested, people were taken off the plane and witnesses gave statements to police.

An easyJet spokeswoman said: “EasyJet can confirm that police boarded flight EZY831 from London Gatwick to Belfast on August 20 due to a passenger behaving disruptively.

“EasyJet’s cabin crew are highly trained to assess and evaluate all situations and to act quickly and appropriately to ensure that the safety of the flight and other passengers is not compromised at any time.

“Whilst such incidents are rare we take them very seriously, do not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour on board and always push for prosecution.

“The safety and well-being of passengers and crew is always easyJet’s priority.”

More in this Section

Man hit garda with pellet gun shot, court toldMan hit garda with pellet gun shot, court told

Man arrested on suspicion of conspiring to commit murderMan arrested on suspicion of conspiring to commit murder

Governing body claims insurers refusing to indemnify drivers over motorsport accidentsGoverning body claims insurers refusing to indemnify drivers over motorsport accidents

Child poverty to affect 23% without economic recoveryChild poverty to affect 23% without economic recovery


Lifestyle

Liz O’Brien talks to Niall Breslin about his admiration for frontline staff, bereavement in lockdown, his new podcast, and why it's so important for us all just to slow down.Niall Breslin talks about losing his uncle to coronavirus

Podcasts are often seen as a male domain — see the joke, 'What do you call two white men talking? A podcast'.Podcast corner: Three new podcasts from Irish women that you should listen to

Esther McCarthy previews some of the Fleadh’s Irish and international offerings.How to attend the Galway Film Fleadh from the comfort of your own couch

Whether you’re on staycation or risking a trip away, Marjorie Brennan offers suggestions on novels for a wide variety of tastesThe best fiction books for the beach and beyond this summer

More From The Irish Examiner