‘Unruly’ passenger tries to open exit door during British Airways flight

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Police wait as a British Airways flight lands at Logan International Airport in Boston. The crew reportedly struggled with an ‘unruly’ passenger who attempted to open an exit door. (Photo: WCVB-TV)

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BOSTON — A “disturbed and unruly” passenger tried to pry open an exit door during a British Airways flight on Tuesday, an airline spokesperson said.

The female passenger was attempting to open an exit door, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, and was restrained until the plane landed in Boston.

Earlier reports from state police on the ground indicated the passenger had attempted to rush the cockpit, but a review of air traffic control transmissions by CNN indicated the pilots on board did not declare an emergency.

The passenger had not been publicly identified as of noon MST, but authorities were waiting on the ground at the Logan International Airport for the plane’s 11:30 a.m. arrival.

“Our customers and crew deserve to have a safe and enjoyable flight and we do not tolerate abusive behaviour,” British Airways wrote in a statement. “Our crew have requested that police meet the flight in Boston due to a disturbed and unruly customer on board.”

The news comes just days after terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, which left 129 dead and heightened security presences across the globe.

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