Saturday, January 09, 2010

Armed police storm Emirates flight at Heathrow

Armed officers have stormed a plane at London's Heathrow airport as it was about to depart for Dubai and arrested three men on suspicion of making a bomb threat, police say.

The three men arrested Friday night aboard an Emirates Airlines plane at Heathrow Airport had made a verbal threat to staff, police said Saturday.

The men, ages 58, 48, and 36, were arrested on suspicion of making a bomb threat and remain in police custody

Sky News television, which broadcast the grainy picture from the plane, said the men arrested were English and appeared to be drunk.

No surprise there then, from my experience of Emirates and Virgin flights into and out of Heathrow.

To avoid flying with drunks falling about and throwing up we're going back to flying with Singapore Airlines.

I don't know what the maximum penalty is but I hope it's what these morons get.

The story is here and here.


Robert Fowles, 58, from Dover, Kent, is accused of making a bomb hoax and being drunk on the Dubai-bound Emirates flight on Friday night, the Metropolitan Police said.

Another man on the plane, Alexander McGinn, 48, also from Dover, has also been charged with being drunk on an aircraft.

A third passenger on board the plane who was arrested at the time - a man aged 36 - was released without charge.

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