Deportee shouting 'we will die' causes panic on easyJet flight

Passengers aboard an easyJet aircraft were left fearing for their lives after a man being deported spent the flight shouting "Allahu Akbar" and "today we will die".

An 11-minute audio clip appeared to show the man screaming "Allahu Akbar" (God is greater) 29 times, "death is coming" 17 times and "we will die" nine times during the journey between London and Venice.

Children were left crying while adults described feeling "threatened" by the deportee, audio footage in the Mail On Sunday revealed.

The man, flanked by Home Office staff, could be heard shouting as the captain introduced himself over the tannoy and spoke of "marvelous" flying conditions.

But passengers have reportedly been told they are not eligible for any compensation - because the airline is "not able to predict or control" people's behaviour.

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It is believed the man - who was handcuffed - was being deported to Italy under The Dublin Regulation, where asylum seekers are sent to the country they should have originally applied for asylum in.

Jet-setter Lucy O'Sullivan, 34, aboard the flight with her husband, said the shouting began as the plane was boarded, resulting in a number of children crying.

Mrs O'Sullivan said that despite the commotion starting outside the aircraft, staff "just welcomed us to the flight".

Another passenger claimed that easyJet staff were only able to move a small number of children away from the deportee.

On Sunday, easyJet apologised for the distress caused to passengers, but added that at no point was the safety of the flight compromised.

The airline said it would review the case with the Home Office to see what could be learned from the situation.