Man Being Deported Cuts Own Throat on Plane

Jamaican makes desperate attempt to stay in UK
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2011 2:00 AM CDT
Virgin Atlantic has offered counseling to passengers who witnessed the incident at Gatwick Airport.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, file)

(Newser) – In a desperate attempt to avoid being deported from Britain, a Jamaican man slashed his own throat on board a plane that was about to take off. The illegal immigrant, who had smuggled a small razor on board, was treated for what authorities describe as "superficial injuries" before being returned to custody, the Telegraph reports. The Virgin flight to Kingston was delayed for 24 hours. It's not clear whether immigration officials will attempt to deport the man on the same flight, the BBC notes.

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