Stretching your legs too much could land you in handcuffs.
A woman has received a lifetime ban from British Airways after arguing with another passenger who claimed she got up too many times on their flight from London to Dubai. Bridget Nhire, 33, was handcuffed and escorted off the plane, but claims she did nothing wrong.
Passengers on the flight had a different story. A number of them described a series of in-flight incidents to the Daily Mail that included Nhire becoming intoxicated, making racist remarks to the crew, getting up from her seat at least 20 times, yelling, and even trying to get into the cockpit. The fashion stylist claims she only got up three times, had two glasses of wine with her onboard meal, and was “treated like a terrorist.”
Nhire was eventually strapped to her seat and accompanied by a security guard, for the remaining 90 minutes of the flight. There was even talk of making an emergency landing in Iran because of the woman’s “terrifying” antics.
Ultimately, Dubai police escorted her to a station where she stayed for five hours. She was eventually freed without charges and was alerted of her lifetime ban, which went into effect immediately. When Nhire tried to return home on a British Airways flight 10 days later, she learned her ticket had been cancelled. She is now demanding the airline pay $500 for leaving her stranded.
“Our customers and crew deserve to enjoy their flights, and not suffer from any form of disruption,” an airline spokesperson said in a statement. “This sort of behavior will not be tolerated, and the appropriate action will always be taken. We would never issue a lifetime ban without first carrying out a thorough investigation into an incident, which includes taking witness statements from other customers and reports from crew. If a customer has any future bookings with the airline at the time the ban is imposed, we will issue a refund. As detailed in the letter issuing the ban, customers can appeal the decision.”