British Airways Passenger Restrained After Failed Attempt to Open Exit Door (UPDATED)


british airways london boston passenger handcuffs instagram croppedA female passenger tried and failed to open a plane exit door on British Airways Flight 213 bound for Boston.

According to WCVB, the plane took off from London Heathrow Airport on Tuesday morning and is due to land in Boston at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Initial reports suggested the passenger tried to open the cockpit, but ABC News subsequently reported that the passenger had tried to open one of the plane’s exit doors.

A group of Massachusetts State Police, Homeland Security agents and the Joint Terrorism Task Force are waiting at Logan Airport in Boston.

UPDATE–1:34 p.m. ET: Mass. State Police tweeted that they were awaiting the plane at Logan Airport, where they would arrest the female passenger.

UPDATE–1:47 p.m. ET: According to an airline spokesperson, the female passenger had tried to open one of the plane’s exit doors.

The earlier reports regarding the cockpit were, and remain, unconfirmed.

UPDATE–1:53 p.m. ET: An FAA spokesperson confirmed that the female passenger tried to open a plane exit door, and not gain entry to the cockpit.

UPDATE–2:04 p.m. ET: Mass. State Police report that the female passenger is approximately 30 years old.

The suspect, as well as the flight crew and the passengers, are currently being interviewed. UPDATE–2:09 p.m. ET: Mass. State Police say the passenger “was intoxicated” when she tried to open the exit door. No attempt was made on the cockpit.

UPDATE–2:16 p.m. ET: A British Airways Flight 213 passenger posted a photo of the handcuffed female passenger to Instagram.

Those aren’t bracelets… Someone got arrested ✈️ #britishairways #boston

A photo posted by Jim Manship (@themanship) on

UPDATE–2:29 p.m. ET: Despite there being no terror threat, authorities remain on high alert at Logan Airport, as evidenced by this photo from a local WBZ reporter.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

[h/t WCVB]
[Image via screengrab]

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