A British radio DJ has revealed “terrifying” details of how a passenger on board a British Airways flight to Dubai claimed he had a bomb and “everyone was going to die”.
Former Virgin Radio host Steve Penk, who became known for his on-air pranks, explained that it took six people to restrain the man after he “went berserk”.
— AIRLIVE (@airlivenet) January 6, 2016
Penk’s daughter, Natalie, was on the flight, which departed from London Heathrow to the United Arab Emirates last night.
He posted on Twitter: “Some guy went berserk on board five hours into the flight claiming he had a bomb and everyone was going to die.
“It took five crew and the help of another large passenger to restrain him. They had to handcuff him and then cover him with a blanket.
“My daughter Natalie says the guy was literally screaming and shouting he couldn’t breathe. He shouted everyone was going to die. Absolutely terrifying.”
The DJ explained that the disruptive passenger was covered with a blanket after he started spitting.
Guy started spitting at everyone which is why crew tried to cover him with a blanket. Then started screaming he had a bomb/all going to die.— Steve Penk (@StevePenk) January 6, 2016
The aircraft landed safely in Dubai.
Penk said his daughter was left “very shaken up” and described the BA crew as “amazing”.
My daughter on board last night just before take off. Very shaken up after landing, thank god she's okay.... pic.twitter.com/nx4puGfrUr— Steve Penk (@StevePenk) January 6, 2016
The BA crew on board were amazing apparently. Thank you to all the crew on BA flight 105 last night x— Steve Penk (@StevePenk) January 6, 2016
BA issued a statement which read: “Our customers and crews deserve to enjoy their flights, and not to suffer any form of abuse.
“This sort of behaviour will absolutely not be tolerated, and the appropriate action will always be taken.”
Police in Dubai are believed to be investigating.