Bridget Nhire, 33, was handcuffed and escorted off a plane in Dubai, but says she did nothing wrong.
After arguing with the passenger behind her on a flight from London to Dubai, Bridget Nhire, 33, was handcuffed and escorted off the flight. Nhire claims she did nothing wrong, but the passenger behind her—who complained Nhire repeatedly left her seat—and others on the flight disagree.
The Daily Mail reports that passengers say Nhire became intoxicated, made racist remarks to the crew, got up from her seat at least 20 times, yelled, and even tried to run toward—and get into—the cockpit. Nhire disputes these claims, saying she only got up three times, had two glasses of wine with her meal, and has a right to get up and walk around. “I was treated like a terrorist,” said Nhire. “It was humiliating.”
However a passenger on the plane, who wished to remain anonymous, told MailOnline: ‘She went to the toilet at least 20 times and had what looked like little bottles of alcohol in her hand.
‘She was screaming at people for about an hour and the staff went over to calm her down, at which point she started shouting “This is because I’m black. This is racist”.
‘She started shouting at a man a few seats behind her who was telling her to shut up and she was trying to reach across to him. She was really aggressive.’
‘Then she ran to the front of the plane to the cockpit and said “I’m going to talk to the pilot”, at which point the air stewards had to restrain her.
‘At least four people were trying to handcuff her, and one put a blanket over her head. It was genuinely traumatising.
Ms Nhire was forced to sit, accompanied by a security guard, for 90 minutes until the plane landed.
Though there was talk of an emergency landing in Iran, where the plane was flying over at the time, Nhire was ultimately forced to sit accompanied by a security guard for 90 minutes until the plane landed in Dubai.She was taken to the police station and released without charges five hours later, though was notified that British Airways had made the “rare” decision to ban her.