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Air scare as passenger 'swears blue murder' and throws her false leg at cabin crew

A holiday flight was forced to divert to Gatwick after an angry passenger threw her false leg at cabin crew.

Police say the woman began 'swearing blue murder' and throwing food at airline staff on a flight from Tunisia to Scotland.

Thomson Airlines flight 297 had to be diverted Credit: PA

The Thomson Airways plane landed at Gatwick after the captain decided her behaviour was unacceptable.

Sussex police say a 48-year-old woman from Edinburgh was arrested at the North Terminal and taken to Crawley police station.

She's being questioned on suspicion of using threatening behaviour.

The flight was diverted into Gatwick after it was alleged the woman had been abusive and had thrown a prosthetic leg and food at cabin crew.

– Sussex Police
Gatwick Airport North Terminal Credit: PA

In a statement, the airline said:

Unfortunately a passenger became disruptive on board and as a last resort the captain decided to divert the flight to Gatwick. Upon landing, the aircraft was met by local police and the passenger was removed for questioning. We would like to reassure customers that their safety is our priority at all times. Thomson Airways operates a zero tolerance policy with regards to any disruptive behaviour on board and incidents of this type are extremely rare.

– Thomson Airways

Fed-up passengers described their anger at the mid-air meltdown on Twitter.

John Smith, a fellow passenger said:

We were coming back from Tunisia when this lady kicked off. She was off her face on drink. She was shouting 'I want cigarettes' and that she wanted a parachute to jump off the plane.

She slapped a young girl and then assaulted the cabin crew with her prosthetic leg.

They took it off her, but she started kicking them with her good leg. It sounds funny, but it was not a laughing matter at the time. It was serious. She was totally drunk. It was pretty shocking.

When police came on board to escort her off the plane, people started singing the Hokey Cokey. She embarrassed everybody on the flight. A lot of people were upset about it, especially those with children. We had to sit on the runway for about an hour while the police took statements from passengers. The cabin crew were absolutely amazing and very professional in the way they dealt with it.

– John Smith, passenger