A plane was forced to make an emergency landing in the Croatian capital Zagreb in the early hours of last Tuesday (16) after a drunk man tried to open the plane’s emergency door by threatening other passengers who were preventing him.
The flight departed from Paphos, Cyprus and flew to Manchester, England. According to the Manchester Evening News, passengers saw the man on the flight with a cocainelike substance and reported that he was praying on his knees before making the threats.
Kirsty, one of the passengers, said in an interview with the vehicle that the situation was the scariest of her life. According to them, the flight attendants continued to serve alcohol to the passenger, even though he was visibly changed.
“I really thought I was going to die. He pointed to me and my kids and said, ‘See you in paradise,'” he said.
She also reported that on arrival in Croatia, no TUI staff member greeted the passengers, who waited hours to be transferred to a hotel near the airport before boarding back to Manchester in the evening.
A TUI spokesman said the airline deeply regrets what happened and that “the health and safety of customers and crew is always a top priority” for the company.
The man who caused the riot was met by police in Croatia and prevented from boarding the new flight to Manchester.
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