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Man tasered on board Belfast-bound easyJet flight from London Gatwick

By Claire Williamson

A man has been tasered on board a Belfast-bound easyJet flight from London Gatwick.

The airline confirmed that police boarded flight EZY831 on August 20 due to a passenger behaving "disruptively".

Officers boarded the plane after 8am after reports a passenger became abusive in an alleged argument over luggage.

The 37-year-old man from Belfast reportedly wanted to take two pieces of hand luggage onto the plane.

Fellow passengers on the flight claimed the incident was over a baggage dispute.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "A man is in police custody after being tasered on an aircraft waiting to depart from Gatwick Airport to Belfast on Thursday morning.

"Police officers were called to the easyJet flight shortly after 8am to reports of a passenger who was becoming increasingly abusive following a dispute over luggage. A man has been arrested on suspicion of breach of the peace.

"The aircraft has been disembarked and police are taking statements from witnesses among the crew and passengers.

"A 37-year-old man from Belfast was arrested on suspicion of breach of the peace and obstructing/resisting a constable in the execution of duty. He remained in custody at 11.45am on Thursday (August 20)."

An easyJet spokeswoman said in a statement: “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 onboard and always push for prosecution.

“The safety and wellbeing of passengers and crew is always easyJet's priority.”

The plane took off just before 10.55 having been delayed.

Police checking everything now on the plane. Now being kicked off

— Johny(@johnycassidy) August 20, 2015

Still not back on board the flight to Belfast. Wondering where the tazeredpassenger has gone.

— Johny(@johnycassidy) August 20, 2015

Whoop whoop. Easyjethave just offered a complimentary soft drink to all the passengers. Big spenders

— Johny(@johnycassidy) August 20, 2015

Back on board! @easyjet were efficient and got us back on ASAP, I hope the taseredman isn't badly hurt!

— Gary Trainor(@garytra) August 20, 2015

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