“She just went mad”: a woman in a mask was removed from NI flight


Passengers recounted their shock after a woman was pulled from a plane after allegedly refusing to wear a mask and shouting “everyone is dying” to the crew. Witness Meabh Kennedy (19) of Newcastle, Co Down, was one of the passengers aboard the easyJet flight from Belfast International Airport to Edinburgh on Sunday, where video footage shows a woman shouting at passengers and staff.

Snippets of the incident were widely shared on social media, with many saying they were shocked at what happened.

The footage shows a woman with a Scottish accent shouting ‘f *** off’ and ‘everyone is dying, you know that? As she takes her bag and jacket from a seat as the crew drops her off the plane.

She apparently pretends to cough on the passengers as she walks down the aisle to the exit.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Ms Kennedy, who is a first-year physics student at the University of Edinburgh, said the flight, which was due to take off at 4:20 p.m., had been delayed by an hour due to of the incident.

She explained that the woman was taken off the flight because she was not wearing a mask.

The woman was then allowed to return to her seat before being thrown a second time.

“The woman got off the plane because she didn’t want to wear a mask and then came back a second time,” Kennedy said.

“She started screaming, saying ‘I don’t want to wear the mask’, ‘everyone dies’ and ‘everyone dies regardless of Covid-19 or not’. Then she just started coughing on people.

The woman reportedly screamed at the passengers and crew for two minutes before being permanently deported.

“She took her seat and obviously everyone on the plane was wearing a mask, and she was the only one who wasn’t,” Kennedy added.

“The flight was very full but not completely full.

“Not everyone could really understand what had happened. She had just gone completely crazy about it. You wouldn’t have expected something like this, especially since it’s such a short flight.

“It’s only a 30 minute flight and that’s all you have to wear it for. ”

The airline confirmed that police were called following an incident on flight EZY481.

An easyJet spokesperson said: ‘EasyJet can confirm that police witnessed flight EZY481 from Belfast to Edinburgh on October 18, due to disruptive behavior by a passenger on board and refusing to cover their face .

“In accordance with EASA guidelines, all passengers are currently required to bring their own face mask for their flight which must be worn upon boarding and on board, except when eating or drinking.

“Passengers receive clear communications prior to travel and via onboard announcements to ensure they are aware of this requirement for the health and safety of everyone on board.

“We will not tolerate any disruptive behavior towards other passengers and crew. ”

A spokesperson for Belfast International Airport said: ‘Airport police were called by ground staff due to a disruptive passenger in the terminal at around 4.35pm on Sunday 18th October.

“The passenger was subsequently arrested and is currently under investigation. “

Telegraph de Belfast


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