Heard about the man who was tasered on a flight? Here’s what really happened

Mistakes on a plane

Taser with policeman

Put the additional item of hand luggage down and step away from the man purse

Do not mess with the easyJet baggage policy unless you want to end up rubbing your taser wounds in a mental hospital. This is the lesson one irate Irishman apparently learned the hard way.

But what really happened?

The row is alleged to have begun when the man attempted to board his flight with a “man purse” which we assume is a small wallet on a strap, in addition to his one piece of hand luggage.

On easyJet flights passengers are allowed just one piece of hand luggage. The “man purse” apparently counts as a separate piece.

Perhaps it was massive. Perhaps he couldn’t put it inside the other bag, perhaps he erupted like a violent volcano, and perhaps easyJet are despotic martinets when it comes to luggage classification.

Either way, when the man was challenged, he became “increasingly abusive”, so staff called armed guards, who eventually shot him with a high-voltage taser gun and had him sectioned.

A passenger on the flight, Niall Copeland, posted on Twitter: “Man getting arrested on easyJet flight home to Belfast because he wants 2 pieces of hand luggage! I’ll never mess with easyJet now!”

He added: “All because he was insistent of wearing his man purse. He tried to insinuate that it was racially motivated.”

The man was arrested under the mental health act and for a breach of the piece and obstructing a police constable in the execution of their duty.

A police spokesman said: “On Thursday evening, following examination by doctors, he was detained under Section 2 of the Mental Health Act for admission into a psychiatric unit for further assessment and treatment in the interest of his own health, safety and protection of others.”

EasyJet said: “EasyJet can confirm that police boarded flight EZY831 from London Gatwick to Belfast on August 20 due to a passenger behaving disruptively.

“EasyJet’s cabin crew are highly trained to assess and evaluate all situations and to act quickly and appropriately to ensure that the safety of the flight and other passengers is not compromised at any time.

“Whilst such incidents are rare we take them very seriously, do not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour on board and always push for prosecution.

“The safety and well-being of passengers and crew is always easyJet’s priority.”

They did not say why they wouldn’t let the man take his purse onto the plane.

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Readers' comments (1)

  • Anonymous

    Serves the guy right! Next time he might know better: 1) Follow the rules: 2) Do not get angry and irate with cabin crew and police on a plane. Which part did he not know about?
    There are frequent announcements stating that ONLY ONE piece of hand luggage is allowed on the plane and a purse is considered a n item of luggage and all the time there are people who think they know better and then get very frustrated and angry when they are asked to follow the rule. If the airline did not enforce the rule, next day everybody would want two pieces "because the other time this guy was allowed two pieces"
    We receive quite a few visitors and when I take them back to Luton I always repeat to them to pack their purse/handbag into their cabin luggage as it will not be allowed as a second item. Some understand, some think they know better and learn the hard way (thankfully none got tasere, though)

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