A drunk passenger attempted to open a door on a flight heading from London’s Heathrow Airport to Boston.
The woman, who was described as “disturbed and unruly,” tried to force open the British Airways plane door in the middle of the flight.
— Scott Tetreault (@BostonNewsMan) November 17, 2015
Massachusetts State Police said the woman, in her 30s, was intoxicated and had “no known nexus to terrorism.” She was restrained.
“Troopers on jet bridge to take custody of restrained passenger, [investigative] incident,” the police force tweeted. “Investigation determines passenger was intoxicated, tried to open exit door.”
The incident comes as American and European officials are on high alert following the devastating attacks in Paris on Friday night that left at least 129 people dead. Airport security has also been increased in the wake of the Paris attacks.
No ‘abusive behavior’
Massachusetts State Police issued a longer statement to MyFoxBoston.com: “A short time ago Massachusetts State Police were notified by British Airways that a passenger on Flight 213 attempted to enter the cockpit while the plane was in flight. We have not yet confirmed that she tried to enter the cockpit or, if she did, what her motivation for doing so was. The plane is on the ground and troopers are presently boarding it to take the passenger into custody and interview flight crew and witnesses. This is a developing situation. Once we know more we will update.”
— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) November 17, 2015
It’s unclear if the passenger was charged.
“Our crew have requested that police meet the flight in Boston due to an unruly customer on board,” the airline said in a statement, reported the Daily Mail. “Our customers and crew deserve to have a safe and enjoyable flight.”
“We do not tolerate abusive behavior,” it said.
The woman has not been publicly identified by Massachusetts police, who were on the ground waiting for the flight’s arrival at around 1:30 p.m. ET. The incident, according to ABC News, triggered a level 2 alert.
Exit doors cannot be physically opened mid-flight, which is part of security protocol on all commercial planes.