unruly passenger forced a flight to land
1 Jul 2015

Unruly Passenger Forced a Flight to Land Over Nuts. Crackers?

An airline company could face a bill of £350,00 in flight delay compensation.


An unruly passenger forced a flight to land in Belfast after he became angry over nuts and crackers. The pilot of the flight travelling from Rome to Chicago was forced to divert the plane and land in Belfast when he became fearful for the safety of the other passengers.

The Details

It is reported in the Guardian, that 15 minutes into the flight the unruly passenger, Mr Jeremiah Mathias Thede, a 42 year old American citizen, begun demanding in-flight snacks and insisted on standing regardless of the seat belt sign being lit. A further 10 minutes on the passenger demanded further nuts or crackers and became abusive when he was refused them making the other passengers feel uncomfortable and intimidated.

The Outcome

Mr Jeremiah Mathias Thede appeared in magistrates court accused of endangering the safety of the plane as well as disorderly behaviour and assaulting a member of the cabin crew. He denies all allegations and is currently held in custody until his next hearing.

After being routed to Belfast the passengers where the 282 passengers were delayed for 24 hours before they were able to board another flight for their onward journey, racking up an approximate £350,000 bill for the airline in flight delay compensation.

This and many other scenarios is one of many of its kind that has helped to make changes in the law with regard to customers receiving flight compensation for delays, rerouting, or cancellations. If you have encountered a delay in the past six years get some expert advice, you could be due flight delay compensation.


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