Flight diverted after allegedly drunken woman attacks crew with prosthetic leg

The flight from Tunisia to Edinburgh was forced to stop in London.

By Evan Bleier
A prosthetic leg (CC/DVIDSHUB)
A prosthetic leg (CC/DVIDSHUB)

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EDINBURGH, Scotland, July 31 (UPI) -- A Thomson Airways flight from Tunisia to Edinburgh was diverted to London after a drunken passenger allegedly attacked crew members with her prosthetic leg.

The woman told the flight crew that she wanted "cigarettes and a parachute." When they asked her to hush up, she allegedly slapped a little girl and then started swinging with her leg.


"We were coming back from Tunisia when this lady kicked off. She was off her face on drink," said witness John Smith, the Edinburgh News reported. "She slapped a young girl and then assaulted the cabin crew with her prosthetic leg. They took it off her, but she started kicking them with her good leg."

The 48-year-old was subdued and the pilot made an emergency landing in London. The woman was removed by police for questioning.

"It sounds funny, but it was not a laughing matter at the time. It was serious. She was totally drunk. It was pretty shocking," Smith said.

The flight did make it to Edinburgh after a delay.

"Thomson Airways operates a zero tolerance policy with regards to any disruptive behavior on board and incidents of this type are extremely rare," according to an airline spokesman.

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