Drunk airline passenger attacks flight crew with prosthetic leg



QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:08 AM ET

A flight from Tunisia to Scotland was forced to land Wednesday night when a drunk passenger started acting out, demanding cigarettes and a parachute before removing her prosthetic leg to attack the flight crew.

The Scotsman reports that the 48-year-old woman slapped a girl sitting next to her before removing her prosthetic leg, which she began swinging at the flight attendants.

The crew was able to put the woman in handcuffs and the plane made an emergency landing at London's Gatwick Airport. The Thomson Airways flight had been due to land in Edinburgh at 11:30 p.m., but was delayed until 2:30 a.m.

The Sussex police released a statement saying “a 48-year-old unemployed woman from Edinburgh was arrested at Gatwick Airport, on suspicion of using threatening behaviour while aboard Thomson flight 297. The woman is being interviewed and is currently in custody at Crawley police station.”

Meanwhile, a Thomson spokesperson told The Scotsman they have "a zero tolerance policy with regards to any disruptive behaviour on board and incidents of this type are extremely rare."