Drunk Passenger Causes Racist Disturbance on London-Bound Flight With Ed Sheeran Onboard

by Anthony Losanno
Ed Sheeran

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British Airways flight BA206 from Miami International Airport (MIA) to London Heathrow Airport (LHR) was filled with all sorts of chaos on Tuesday when a drunk passenger became verbally abusive with crew after his booze was cut off. The man had to be restrained after he directed a racist tirade towards the crew and other passengers.

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Flight attendants allegedly stopped serving the man after he showed signs of intoxication. The passenger did not take well to the bar being closed and began to verbally abuse the crew with tons of foul language, racist remarks, and even making “monkey noises” at one crew member. The 46-year-old man had to be physically held back by a former police officer and two others on the flight. Armed law enforcement officials met the plane upon arrival and arrested him on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offense.

A passenger on the flight told The Independent:

There was serious racist abuse to an air steward, as well as threatening behavior. Many people on board were frightened and distressed. We’ve travelled all around the world but this was quite shocking. It originally kicked off during the dinner service. There were two fairly fit young lads who tried to control him.”

On a completely unrelated note, Ed Sheeran (the British musician) happened to be on the flight. He posed with fans for photos before boarding and it has not been reported how near he was to the chaotic scene onboard. The selfie above was taken with fan, Dan Haughian, and posted by The Daily Mail.

Anthony’s Take: Yet another passenger behaving badly. I will never understand the appeal of getting drunk and acting a fool on an airplane. Thankfully, he was subdued and the flight did not have to divert.

(Image Credits: British Airways, The DailyMail/Dan Haughian.)

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