Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Unruly man prompts Arctic stop

An unruly passenger has had to be restrained on an Air Transat flight

An Air Transat flight from Vancouver to Britain had to make an unscheduled landing in Canada's Arctic because of a drunken and unruly passenger.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the plane was diverted early today to the Nunavut territorial capital of Iqaluit because the 39-year-old man was belligerent and acting aggressively.

He had to be restrained by flight attendants and other passengers.

Debbie Cabana, a spokeswoman with the airline, says the plane left Vancouver just before 7pm Tuesday with 329 passengers on board. The plane landed in Iqaluit about midnight and police met the aircraft and took the man into custody. The flight then continued on to London, landing nearly three hours late.

The unnamed man is charged with uttering threats, causing a disturbance and mischief.