An intoxicated passenger aboard a British Airways flight had tried to force open an exit door while the plane was still in the air. Nonetheless, the flight had managed to land safely.
A spokesperson from British Airways confirmed the incident to ABC News, saying that a “disturbed and unruly” passenger had tried to force open one of the plane’s doors as the flight flew from London’s Heathrow Airport to Boston. As BA flight 213 landed at the Logan International Airport at around 1:30 p.m., the Massachusetts State Police were already on the ground and waiting for the plane’s arrival. This mid-flight incident aboard British Airways had triggered a level 2 alert, which means that there was violence involved. Following the incident, British Airways had released a statement, saying, “Our customers and crew deserve to have a safe and enjoyable flight and we do not tolerate abusive behaviour.”
The identity of the drunk passenger is yet to be released by authorities, but Daily Mail reports that the said passenger is a female in her 30’s. Later on, the Massachusetts State Police had said that the incident has “No known nexus to terrorism at this time.” Nonetheless, an investigation of the incident still continues with the police working with its federal law enforcement partners.
The Massachusetts State Police said they are interviewing the passenger who tried forcibly open one of the plane’s doors, as well as passengers who witnessed the incident and the flight crew. It is likely that the woman will be charged with interfering with the flight crew at the very least.