Ashington man arrested after flight disruption

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AN Ashington man has been arrested on a flight to Newcastle after trying to open the doors of the plane, while 36000 feet in the air.

The 22-year-old holidaymaker was on Thomson Airways flight TOM1269 from Palma, Majorca, in the early hours of Wednesday.

But the flight, packed with returning tourists, had to be diverted to Gatwick after the passenger turned violent.

Witnesses said friends of the man tried to restrain him as he attempted to open the door, and he was said to have shouted: “It’s OK, we are just on a simulator.”

And it’s thought passengers had to help cabin crew wrestle him into a seat where he was tied up with seat belts.

A Thomson Airways spokeswoman said: “The man, in his 20s, was restrained by cabin crew after he attempted to open one of the doors of the aircraft during the flight.

“He also displayed aggressive and violent behaviour towards cabin crew and other passengers.”

The man was arrested by police at Gatwick and the flight carried on to Newcastle, arriving almost three hours later than planned, just before 5am.

A Sussex Police spokeswoman said a 22-year-old man from Ashington in Northumberland arrested at Gatwick Airport on Wednesday on suspicion of endangering the safety of an aircraft had been bailed to Tuesday November 8 pending further inquiries.

She said there were no reported injuries and no weapons were involved.