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Boston Police Called To Airport After Woman Tries To Open Plane Door Mid-Flight

Police were called to meet a British Airways flight arriving in Boston from London after a woman allegedly attempted to open a door while the plane was in the air.

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Massachusetts police on Tuesday were called to meet an international flight arriving in Boston after a woman allegedly attempted to open a door while the plane was in the air, authorities told BuzzFeed News.

British Airways flight 213 from London Heathrow was met by Massachusetts State Police officers on the ground at Logan International Airport after they were contacted by the airline, police said.

British Airways Flight 213 reportedly on the ground. Troopers on jet bridge to take custody of restrained passenger, investigate incident.

“We got a report from the airline that there was a female passenger restrained who we were told had tried to force her way into the cockpit while the flight was in the air," a MSP spokesperson said. "We were called to meet the airline and go on and collect the woman."

However, in a statement to BuzzFeed News, an Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) official said the woman had tried to open an exit door.

"A passenger on British Airways Flight 213, a 777 en route from Heathrow to Boston, tried to open an exit door and was restrained," FAA spokesperson JIm Peters said. He said the cockpit was secure and the flight continued to Boston.

Police later said on Twitter that the 30-year-old woman had tried to open the exit door, not the cockpit door, and was believed to be intoxicated.

"No known nexus to terrorism at this time," police wrote.

In a statement, a British Airways spokesperson told BuzzFeed News the passenger had been "unruly" during the flight.

"Our customers and crew deserve to have a safe and enjoyable flight and we do not tolerate abusive behavior," the airline spokesperson said. "Our crew requested that police meet the flight in Boston due to an unruly customer on board."

Passenger being interviewed, as are witnesses/flight crew. She will most likely face charges of at least interfering w/flight crew.


Alicia Melville-Smith is a homepage editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Alicia Melville-Smith at alicia.melville-smith@buzzfeed.com.

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