Passenger armed with lighter disrupts Monarch flight

Passenger armed with lighter disrupts Monarch flight

A Monarch flight was forced to return to Tenerife after a passenger allegedly set fire to his hands and threatened a flight attendant with a lighter.

The aircraft left the Canary island on en-route to Birmingham but had to make a u-turn due to “disruptive behaviour” of two passengers on board.

One man was arrested when the aircraft landed back at Tenerife and a second person was told to leave the flight.

Delayed passengers were later flown to Faro in Portugal before taking another flight to return to the UK.

A woman who said she was on the flight told ITV News: “A passenger was setting fire to his own hands, so the stewardess asked the passenger for the lighter for the duration of the flight.

“He refused and attempted to light the lighter in her face.

“This information was forwarded to the pilot who decided to divert back to Tenerife South airport where the man was arrested."

A Monarch spokesman told the London Evening Standard:  “Monarch can confirm that two passengers were offloaded on board Monarch flight ZB933 from Tenerife to Birmingham on 27 October 2016 due to disruptive behaviour.

"The flight had departed for Birmingham but diverted back to Tenerife airport where a passenger was subsequently arrested upon arrival.

"Monarch takes a zero tolerance approach to disruptive behaviour on board all of our flights. The safety and security of our passengers, crew and aircraft is our absolute priority."

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