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Boozy Israeli forces emergency landing

Unruly passenger causes easyJet flight to make unscheduled stop en route to London

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

Israeli man being removed from EasyJet flight by Cypriot police in Paphos. (photo credit: @marcusdysch, Twitter)
Israeli man being removed from EasyJet flight by Cypriot police in Paphos. (photo credit: @marcusdysch, Twitter)

A reportedly inebriated Israeli passenger aboard an easyJet flight from Tel Aviv to London forced the plane to make an unscheduled landing in Cyprus, police and witnesses said Tuesday.

The easyJet flight left Tel Aviv to for London’s Luton airport Monday night when an unidentified Israeli man began threatening the safety of people on board, Cypriot police said.

Jewish Chronicle reporter Marcus Dysch, who happened to be aboard the flight, tweeted from the tarmac of Paphos International Airport following an emergency landing that:

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Crew members and passengers claimed the man appeared to be drunk. Cypriot Police boarded the plane and took the man into police custody.

“A 61-year-old Israeli national was in police custody in Paphos and was being investigated on charges relating to being drunk and disorderly, causing a public nuisance, swearing in public and threatening to use violence,” a police spokesperson told AFP.

“The individual will most likely be taken before the Paphos District Court where investigators will request that he be placed in remand while the investigation continues,” added the spokesperson.

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