Since the UK lacks a Great Wall across its borders, they find themselves needing to deport people. They use budget airlines for that, like easyJet flight 5263 from London Gatwich to Venice.
On August 23 a deportee screamed “‘Allahu Akbar’ 29 times, ‘death is coming’ 17 times and ‘we will die’ nine times” on the 696 mile flight.
easyJet, of course, was deemed the best option because the flight was over 650 miles and so would have cost the UK government more than 4500 Avios had they used BA.
The man was a “failed asylum seeker who had spent a year in a UK detention centre” being deported to Italy as that was considered “the first safe country” they had reached. Goodness knows what they experienced during their year in detention.
One has to wonder, though, if a passenger is considered:
- Safe enough to travel on a commercial flight
- Skilled enough to navigate the myriad rules and fees of an ultra low cost carrier
…why this isn’t someone they’d anxiously want to keep in the country. The Italians, however, are just as likely to take a dim view of this loud passenger as the Brits did.