TWO passengers are forced to leave the Monarch flight to Rome at Birmingham airport on Sunday (May 15) – following claims made by fellow passengers that the men ‘looked-like’ terrorists.
And had their flight delayed for 24 hours whilst further security checks took place.
The flight was disrupted for 90 minutes after a rumour circulated the aircraft – claiming two passengers ‘looked like’ terrorists.
Police were called to the scene as two other passengers refused to board to plane.
A spokesperson from Monarch said: “Two passengers voluntary offloaded themselves from this flight.
“And the police were in attendance for two further passengers who subsequently chose to travel on Monday.”
The flight still went ahead – but the suspected terrorists were detained for further questioning.
Kerry Blakeman, West Midlands Superintendent said: “Officers were called just before 6pm on Sunday to reports of two passengers acting suspiciously on a plane at Birmingham Airport and the decision was made to remove the two passengers from the plane to carry out enquiries.
“We always follow up reports of suspicious behaviour, in this case although the call was made with good intent after completing the security checks we had no concerns and the two men travelled the following day.”