Man tasered for behaving ‘disruptively’ on Gatwick plane

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A man is in police custody after being tasered on an aircraft waiting to depart from Gatwick Airport this morning (August 20), Sussex Police has said.

Police officers were called to the easyJet flight to Belfast shortly after 8am to reports of a passenger who was becoming increasingly abusive following a dispute over luggage.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of breach of the peace, said police.

The aircraft has left and police are taking statements from witnesses among the crew and passengers.

An easyJet spokesperson said: “easyJet can confirm that police boarded flight EZY831 from London Gatwick to Belfast on August 20 due to a passenger behaving disruptively.

“easyJet’s cabin crew are highly trained to assess and evaluate all situations and to act quickly and appropriately to ensure that the safety of the flight and other passengers is not compromised at any time.

“Whilst such incidents are rare we take them very seriously, do not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour on-board and always push for prosecution.

“The safety and wellbeing of passengers and crew is always easyJet’s priority.”

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