Fri, Apr 14, 2006
Scottish Police Criticized For Handling Of Situation
Scottish police have
confirmed there was no threat to a Ryanair flight from Paris to
Dublin, that was diverted to a Glasgow airport Wednesday afternoon
after a note claiming there was a bomb onboard was passed to the
The captain immediately reported the note -- which was
reportedly found in a magazine left onboard the aircraft -- to UK
air traffic controller, who in turn instructed the 737 to divert to
Prestwick Airport -- accompanied by three RAF Tornado fighters.
After passengers were questioned -- reportedly, while they were
still onboard the plane -- and a thorough search of the aircraft
revealed nothing, authorities cleared the plane to continue on to
Dublin approximately nine hours after the ordeal began.
Most passengers reportedly took the scenario in stride, and
generally praised authorities and Ryanair for their handling of the
situation -- but not Belfast resident Charlie Fitzgerald, who said
officials in Scotland violated the civil rights of passengers.
Those onboard the plane were "left like lambs to the slaughter"
onboard the plane as it was searched, Fitzgerald told the Irish
Examiner. "We were left on the plane for two to three hours. The
pilot told us there was a bomb scare and he told us he thought it
was a joke."
“The pilot appealed and appealed to get us off the plane,"
Fitzgerald continued. "He said if a real bomb had been on board
they would have been blown up to high heaven. The whole thing was
Nobody was arrested in the incident.
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