Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Rangers fan held over flight chaos

A new cabin crew had to be sent from Belfast to Scotland to bring passengers home after a drunken fan returning from the Old Firm clash caused havoc on a plane.

The plane full of passengers were left shaken after the man caused chaos on board the Belfast-bound flight at the weekend.

The flight was delayed on the ground for over three hours after one of the passengers, who was with a group of Rangers fans, became abusive towards an air stewardess on Sunday’s Flybe flight from Glasgow to George Best Belfast City Airport.

It is understood the terrified cabin crew member and a colleague were so shaken by the incident they were unable to continue working.

Airline chiefs were then forced to jet a new back-up cabin crew from Belfast to Glasgow in a desperate bid to bring the remaining stranded passengers home.

During the incident frightened passengers were ordered to leave the plane after armed police removed the 67-year-old man who had launched a torrent of verbal abuse at the flight attendant. Last night a passenger who was on the flight described the scenes he witnessed as “disgraceful”.

He said: “The female flight attendant was visibly shaken, she was crying.”

Police took eye-witness statements from passengers who were later escorted from the plane back to the airport terminal.

The Flybe flight eventually arrived back in Belfast around 11.30pm, over three hours late.

A spokeswoman for Flybe confirmed the incident.

Strathclyde Police said a 67-year-old has been arrested.

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