Man Tries to Storm Cockpit on Flight from UK

Passenger believed to be suffering from panic attack
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2010 1:44 AM CST
"Thomson Airways would like to reassure customers that incidents of this type are extremely rare and that their safety is our priority at all times," a spokeswoman said.    (Wikipedia)

(Newser) – A Spanish man was arrested after trying to force his way into the cockpit of a Thomson Airways flight from Cardiff to the Canary Islands. The man was overpowered and restrained by passengers and crew until the flight safely reached its destination, the BBC reports. Spanish authorities say the man was suffering from a panic attack and the incident is not being treated as a terrorist attempt.

The airline says the man, who was released after questioning, became disruptive during the flight. "The passenger unsuccessfully tried to gain access to the cockpit and demonstrated aggressive behavior towards customers and crew," a spokesperson said. The plane was met by local police when it arrived.

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