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Two charged after Heathrow airliner security alert
BBC ^ | 9 January 2010 | Staff

Posted on 01/09/2010 4:27:04 PM PST by La Enchiladita

A passenger has been charged with making a bomb threat which grounded a plane at London's Heathrow Airport on Friday night.

Robert Fowles, 58, from Dover, Kent, was also charged with being drunk on an aircraft, the Metropolitan Police said.

Alexander McGinn, 48, who is also from Dover, was also charged with being drunk on an aircraft.

Armed police boarded the Dubai-bound Emirates flight after remarks were made to cabin crew.

Mr Fowles, who lives in Edred Road, Dover, will appear from custody at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Sunday.

Mr McGinn, of Lowther Road, has been bailed and will appear at the same court on 22 January.

A third passenger who was arrested, a man aged 36, was released without charge, police said.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: airlinesecurity; bombthreat; dubai; heathrow; lhr
The incident happened as the plane, which had 331 passengers on board, was taxiing for take-off.

Doesn't give any other details re the "incident," however.

1 posted on 01/09/2010 4:27:05 PM PST by La Enchiladita
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To: La Enchiladita

Oh good grief.
How many groundings and turn-arounds have there been in the last 3 weeks? It seems like dozens. Anyone know.

Flying-while-stupid should be punished heavily ... by the other passengers.


2 posted on 01/09/2010 4:31:17 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

The plane had not even taken off, but these two were drunk as skunks. Who let them on board?


3 posted on 01/09/2010 4:52:14 PM PST by La Enchiladita (The Light shines in the darkness.)
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To: La Enchiladita

I don’t know about the UK but I don’t think it’s illegal to board a plane drunk in the USA (unless you’re part of the crew). You can sit in the terminal bars and drink for hours upon hours and get on board.

That said, I’ve been on enough flights with belligerant drunks to suggest Airlines should stop drunks from boarding planes ... breathalyzers?

It wouldn’t be fair to those who can hold their drink and not be morons ... but it should be considered. Flying is a priveledge, not a right. Maybe they could have special booze flights for those who like to fly loaded. I personally would patronize an airline that profiled and that breathalyzed passengers.

Of course, there is is still the possibility of getting on board with a sober jerk ... but that’s the same no matter where you are.


4 posted on 01/09/2010 4:58:37 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

Now that you mention it, there used to be an airlane that advertised “champagne flights” with the following slogan:

“Western Airlines, the only way to fly.” This was said by a cartoon big bird riding/reclining on the tail of the airplane. It was shown on television repeatedly and a very popular ad. Times have changed.


5 posted on 01/09/2010 5:02:58 PM PST by La Enchiladita (The Light shines in the darkness.)
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