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Air-rage passenger dumped on paradise island
Times of London ^ | December 29, 2005 | Simon Freeman and Russell Jenkins

Posted on 12/29/2005 12:58:18 PM PST by proxy_user

A drunken passenger who abused cabin crew on a flight to Tenerife spent 36 hours castaway after the airline abandoned him on a tiny island in the Atlantic, 300 miles from his destination.

Monarch Airlines said that the man became rude and aggressive towards staff shortly after flight ZB558 took off from Manchester on Tuesday evening.

When he refused to calm down, the pilot took the decision to divert the plane and make an unscheduled stop-off at an airstrip on the tiny Portuguese island of Porto Santo.

The passenger was frogmarched out - and his luggage removed from the hold - before the Airbus A321 carrying 200 other passengers took off again, leaving him behind.

Porto Santo, described as an unspoilt island paradise with a population of fewer than 5,000, is a two-hour ferry ride away from the nearest major airport on Madeira.

An officer at the airport's police station told Times Online that the man had remained on the island until this morning, when he managed to book a seat on a German charter flight to the Canary Islands.

A spokesman for Monarch, the Italian-owned operation based in Manchester, explained that the man had put the safety of other passengers in danger.

"Despite repeated attempts by Monarch staff to calm the individual, the passenger’s behaviour did not improve and the decision was taken to divert to Porto Santo at 1955 where the passenger was removed," he said.

"The action was taken in the interests of all the passengers. That sort of behaviour is not acceptable. He was the given the chance to calm down and he declined it. He was given a form, a caution for his behaviour, and he refused to sign it."

A spokeswoman for British Airways said that the airline operated a "yellow card" policy under which disruptive passengers were issued with a written warning and then arrested an the destination airport if they continued to misbehave.

She said that only in the most extreme cases - and only once before on record - would a plane be diverted and the passenger removed.

Keith Bill, of British Airline Pilots’ Association, said that the captain of any aircraft has wide-ranging powers to deal with troublemakers who threaten the safety of other passengers.

He said: "There's no doubt that the captain was acting within his rights to take this action. Pilots feel very strongly that anyone who puts the lives of the crew or passengers at risk ought also to be punished by the courts."

Porto Santo, formerly under Portuguese control, earned its reputation as the desert island of legend because of its almost complete absence of vegetation. It is a two-hour ferry trip from Madeira.

But its inhabitants have enjoyed a new-found wealth in recent years as the place where Madeirians like to go to get away from the tourists.

It was discovered by the Portuguese adventurer Joao Goncalves Zarco, a protege of Prince Henry the Navigator, in 1418 and was once the home of Christopher Columbus who married the governor’s daughter before heading off to discover the New World.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: airline; disorderly; justice
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I thought you Freepers would enjoy reading this on a dull afternoon. Sometimes, someone gets exactly what he deserves....let the punishment fit the crime!
1 posted on 12/29/2005 12:58:21 PM PST by proxy_user
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Well, at least they landed before they kicked his tuckus off the plane..


3 posted on 12/29/2005 1:02:36 PM PST by UPcrawfish
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"We know you have your choice of airlines and thank you for choosing Monarch. We hope you enjoy your stay in Porto Santo or wherever your final destination may be."


4 posted on 12/29/2005 1:03:41 PM PST by speedy
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If I get unruly and rude enough in my office, I wonder if somebody will banish me to an island paradise.


5 posted on 12/29/2005 1:04:03 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: windcliff

ping


6 posted on 12/29/2005 1:05:39 PM PST by stylecouncilor
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To: jasoncann

7 posted on 12/29/2005 1:06:12 PM PST by al baby (Father of the beeber)
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"Porto Santo, formerly under Portuguese control"

Isn't it still under Portuguese control?


8 posted on 12/29/2005 1:06:26 PM PST by NavVet (“Benedict Arnold was wounded in battle fighting for America, but no one remembers him for that.”)
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L O S T

9 posted on 12/29/2005 1:08:18 PM PST by Dahoser (Time to condense the nonsense: Terry Tate for Congressional Linebacker.)
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Sotta like getting kicked off the Santa Fe Chief---at LUDLOW CA.


10 posted on 12/29/2005 1:09:54 PM PST by Uncle George
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good


11 posted on 12/29/2005 1:12:55 PM PST by Rakkasan1 (Peace de Resistance! Viva la Paper towels!)
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Don't they have islands with cannibals anymore?


12 posted on 12/29/2005 1:15:17 PM PST by MARTIAL MONK
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I blame society. No really I do. Society is one f'd up ball of hypocrisy to classify booze as anything other than a poison.

People tend to get belligerent when drunk. Film at 5:00.


13 posted on 12/29/2005 1:15:26 PM PST by kinghorse
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To: proxy_user

Boss! Boss! De Plane! De Plane!....

Boss?


14 posted on 12/29/2005 1:15:31 PM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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Maybe he killed time partying with Ginger and Maryann.


15 posted on 12/29/2005 1:16:29 PM PST by MajorityOfOne
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When he refused to calm down, the pilot took the decision to divert the plane and make an unscheduled stop-off at an airstrip on the tiny Portuguese island of Porto Santo.

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Porto Santo...is a two-hour ferry ride away from the nearest major airport on Madeira.

LOL! They didn't even drop him at an airport...just a remote island airstrip.
16 posted on 12/29/2005 1:19:16 PM PST by babyface00
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To: al baby
I'd have stayed there.


17 posted on 12/29/2005 1:20:40 PM PST by cloud8
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Couldn't they have saved time by doing a low pass over the island and pushing him out the door?


18 posted on 12/29/2005 1:23:29 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Darwinism is a belief in the meaninglessness of existence - R. Kirk)
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Frogmarched? What exactly is frogmarching? I thought only Republicans were frogmarched, as in Karl Rove according to Joe Wilson. Anyone got a picture or cartoon of marching frogs?


19 posted on 12/29/2005 1:24:13 PM PST by billndin
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Don't they know who LIVES on Paradise Island?

20 posted on 12/29/2005 1:26:25 PM PST by TheBigB (Never banned or suspended even once! Ask me how!)
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Anyone got a picture or cartoon of marching frogs?

No, but here are some marching flamingos instead.

21 posted on 12/29/2005 1:29:36 PM PST by mc5cents
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To: TheBigB

Man, them's some serious hot pants Miss Prince is sportin'!


22 posted on 12/29/2005 1:32:00 PM PST by Xenalyte (Can you count, suckas? I say the future is ours . . . if you can count.)
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To: TheBigB

Her breastplate is almost - ALMOST - as cool as mine, btw.


23 posted on 12/29/2005 1:32:24 PM PST by Xenalyte (Can you count, suckas? I say the future is ours . . . if you can count.)
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Nothing she has is as cool as yours, Xena. =)


24 posted on 12/29/2005 1:33:20 PM PST by TheBigB (Never banned or suspended even once! Ask me how!)
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these pratts keep cropping up don`t they ?


25 posted on 12/29/2005 1:33:47 PM PST by goldcrest (" one good turn deserves another ")
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To: reagan_fanatic

This is why my carry on always has a roll of duct tape in it when I fly. Just for people like this or any moo's who decide to get feisty on the plane.


26 posted on 12/29/2005 1:34:46 PM PST by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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To: proxy_user

What a cool way to solve a stupid problem.


27 posted on 12/29/2005 1:36:03 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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There were several times when I felt like doing the same thing when I was a frequent flyer.

My hat is off to the pilot who had the cojones do "do the right thing"!

28 posted on 12/29/2005 1:36:50 PM PST by albee ("Those that bite the hand that feeds them will lick the boot that kicks them!" - Eric Hoffer)
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To: Xenalyte
That broad is broad where a broad should be broad.

Today's manufactured, silicone-enhanced, teenybopper wannabe 'stars' should take notice.

29 posted on 12/29/2005 1:37:35 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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What I find amazing is that the pilot risked the plane and 200 passengers by landing this monster at a "remote" airstrip that may not have been built for servicing such aircraft. I am not a pilot by any stretch of the imagination, but am I being overly cautious in this?

30 posted on 12/29/2005 1:38:32 PM PST by SlowBoat407 (The best stuff happens just before the thread snaps.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Maybe I don't need to lose 20 pounds so much as redistribute it.


31 posted on 12/29/2005 1:40:32 PM PST by Xenalyte (Can you count, suckas? I say the future is ours . . . if you can count.)
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To: SlowBoat407

The charts will indicate for what class of aircraft the runway is suited, and what fuel is available. The pilot knew what he was doing.


32 posted on 12/29/2005 1:40:34 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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The charts will indicate for what class of aircraft the runway is suited, and what fuel is available. The pilot knew what he was doing.

I accept your answer. We're sorry for the brief turbulence. The "flame the idiot passenger and praise the pilot" light has been turned on again.

33 posted on 12/29/2005 1:41:51 PM PST by SlowBoat407 (The best stuff happens just before the thread snaps.)
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To: Xenalyte

That's for you and your husband to discuss ... but in general I'd say that real men like ladies with a bit of meat on their bones. Sir Mix-a-lot recorded the definitive statement on the matter ... ;'}


34 posted on 12/29/2005 1:44:06 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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LOL! They didn't even drop him at an airport...just a remote island airstrip.

A remote island airstrip capable of allowing an Airbus A321 to land, taxi, and then take off again - something tells me this wasn't exactly Gilligan's Island.
35 posted on 12/29/2005 1:45:02 PM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Xenalyte

Took me a second to remember the source of your tagline. Nice.


36 posted on 12/29/2005 1:45:13 PM PST by SlowBoat407 (The best stuff happens just before the thread snaps.)
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To: Uncle George

Could be worse,..could be Amboy.


37 posted on 12/29/2005 1:45:17 PM PST by Cvengr (<;^))
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The ACLU is representing him and suing for $100 million.


38 posted on 12/29/2005 1:45:27 PM PST by pabianice
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To: SlowBoat407

Thanks! It was inspired by a mention of the Baseball Furies on a thread earlier today.


39 posted on 12/29/2005 1:46:18 PM PST by Xenalyte (Can you count, suckas? I say the future is ours . . . if you can count.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

I'd like to get down to where I was when we met - I was more or less a size 8 then, and I'm hovering on the high end of 12, pretty close to 14 now.


40 posted on 12/29/2005 1:46:53 PM PST by Xenalyte (Can you count, suckas? I say the future is ours . . . if you can count.)
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something tells me this wasn't exactly Gilligan's Island

Maybe this was some sort of military or ex-military airstrip?
41 posted on 12/29/2005 1:47:40 PM PST by babyface00
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I like it!


42 posted on 12/29/2005 1:49:25 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: proxy_user

Good Humor.....thank you


43 posted on 12/29/2005 1:49:52 PM PST by Kimmers
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You could say he was voted onto the island.
44 posted on 12/29/2005 1:51:29 PM PST by sportutegrl (People who say, "All I know is . . ." really mean, "All I want you to focus on is . . .")
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To: babyface00

Flight sim image of Porto Santo Airport

45 posted on 12/29/2005 1:54:58 PM PST by SlowBoat407 (The best stuff happens just before the thread snaps.)
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I was more or less a size 8 then

Nice wiggle room (so to speak). :)

46 posted on 12/29/2005 1:59:01 PM PST by TheBigB (Never banned or suspended even once! Ask me how!)
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To: SlowBoat407
A bit of googling reveals that the article is somewhat deceptive ... Porto Santo is indeed 2 hrs by ferry from Madeira, but is 15 min away by air. There are regularly scheduled flights from Madeira, from Portugal, and other places. The single runway is 3000' long; it ain't LAX, but it will do for an A320.


47 posted on 12/29/2005 1:59:09 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: TheBigB

Well, I could fit into a pair of size-6 Levis, but my suits were mostly 8s. 10s just hung on me then! (Of course, that was in 1997.)


48 posted on 12/29/2005 1:59:46 PM PST by Xenalyte (Can you count, suckas? I say the future is ours . . . if you can count.)
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He's just lucky that they landed before pushing him out of the plane.


49 posted on 12/29/2005 1:59:56 PM PST by SampleMan
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LOL I notice that they had to skew the runway just to fit it across the island!


50 posted on 12/29/2005 2:01:02 PM PST by SlowBoat407 (The best stuff happens just before the thread snaps.)
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