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On board WizzAir flight W61005 from Katowice Airport Poland en route to Luton Airport, a passenger was tackled by fellow travellers as he lunged for a pressurised emergency door on board a flight.
Bedfordshire Police were called to London's Luton Airport shortly before 23:00 BST on Saturday to await the arrival of W61005 to deal with a "disruptive passenger" on a WizzAir flight from Poland. Passengers "wrestled him to the floor", and then sat on him a witness said.
He was arrested at Luton Airport by police on suspicion of endangering an aircraft.
The incident happened some thirty minutes before finals and landing at Luton, according to a passenger the man "walked from the front of the plane and sat next to a woman by the emergency exit over the wing, suddenly he lunged across her and tried to open the door."
Air crew then restrained his hands using seatbelts used in safety demonstrations. Bedfordshire Police confirmed the arrested man was immediately taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries and then back to a police station for questioning.
Wizz Air confirmed an incident had taken place on the flight, saying a passenger had "become unruly and abusive".
"The crew on duty followed standard procedures to ensure the continued safe operation of the flight. Upon landing, the passenger was handed over to the respective authorities," a spokeswoman said.
"Safety and security are the top priorities of the airline and there is zero tolerance for abusive behaviour towards our passengers and staff."
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