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‘Disruptive’ passenger forces London-bound flight back to Hong Kong

PUBLISHED : Monday, 11 August, 2014, 9:08am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 12 August, 2014, 10:20am

A rowdy passenger was in custody yesterday after forcing a London-bound Virgin Atlantic flight to head back to Hong Kong, where he was promptly arrested.

The plane had travelled about 1,000km before pilots decided to head back to the city in the early hours of yesterday.

Hong Kong police said a 26-year old man identified only as "Robert" began shouting during the flight and ignored the flight attendants' requests to calm down.

The plane's crew alerted air traffic control, who in turn notified the police. The man was arrested and detained, but no charge has been filed against him as of 6pm last night, according to a police source.

"He was accused of singing, shouting and waving his hands in his seat," a police source said. "He allegedly pushed away a flight attendant while being asked to calm down."

A Virgin Atlantic statement confirmed that flight VS201 had returned to Hong Kong and "was met by authorities on arrival". The airline "does not tolerate disruptive behaviour by passengers", it said.

The aircraft made a U-turn above Sichuan province and started the 1,000-kilometre journey back to its departure point.

The Airbus A340 entered Hong Kong airspace about 3am, before landing at 3.40am.

The man, who police said was a foreign citizen, was arrested upon landing for violating the Aviation Security Ordinance and was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital.

The Airport Authority confirmed the return of the flight, but declined to provide any further information.

Virgin Atlantic said 240 passengers and 16 crew were on board the four-engine jet. The remaining passengers were offered accommodation in Hong Kong and the aircraft was due to depart later in day.

It was originally scheduled to arrive in London at 5.25am local time.

Additional reporting by Clifford Lo



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Dai Muff
Sadly racist post. Plenty of thugs of all nationalities and races. Just go to Tsimshatsui, Tsimshatsui East, or NT bars if you want plenty of local ones. But whatever the nationality, idiots like this on planes should just be handcuffed and gagged.
Has anyone even consider for a second it might be a person with mental health problem going to a crisis?
Many westerners consider themselves far superior than any other race. If anyone disagrees then they are deluded or befittingly reside in mental asylums!
The posted responses to this report are rapidly moving "down-market" .
'captam' will now have to re-evaluate whether he should waste his time on this forum, if SCMP cannot pull the plug on this racism and profanity.
Some will be happy to see me disappear but I reckon a good 50% plus perhaps not so. ( that ..... by the way.... is an indication of how HK is so split..... and ........ more later!
I am appalled at people who use every opportunity to have a dig at people of another race. Drunkards can be of any nationality and their behaviour can be despicable. It has nothing to do with race. That Robert is a foreign citizen but could well be a Brit, American, Chinese, Australian or even Indian.
"Disruptive behavior of a foreign citizen named Rober", a British "****"? Also know as ****'s? Often to be found laying drunk at the roadside in Wanchai in the early hours of the morning ;-)
Apparently no one here understands a bit of sarcasm. I posted this as the obvious counteract of always picking on the mainlanders and their behaviour. Apparently there are others who also "misbehave". For those who wonder, I am Caucasian and I realise misbehaviour is not decided by race that's why I was poking fun at my "own" race. Lighten up boys!
British guy, in his drunken stupor thought the plane was Lan Kwai.
These brown b*Tch$s just love white d$%ks.
No moderation please. What you find offensive does not necessarily offend others.



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