A 35-year-old British man heroically restrained a woman who stripped down to her underwear and tried to storm the cockpit while shouting “Allahu Akbar” on a Jet2 flight from Cyprus to Manchester.
The incident happened on August 9.
The woman claimed to have explosives and asked children on the plane if they were ‘ready to die,’ the UK Mirror reported.
According to a witness, the woman claimed her parents were members of ISIS.
The woman was able to storm the cockpit twice so Phillip O’Brien jumped into action and restrained her, according to reports
“I spoke to staff and said, “Why have you not put her to the floor?”” O’Brien said according to the Mirror. “They said, “We’re not able to”. I said, “Well I am.””
“So when the woman went to the cockpit again I took control, took her to the ground and at that point the pilot did an emergency landing to Paris,” he added.
The Daily Mail reported:
A hero-father-of-three restrained a woman who stripped to her underwear and ran through a Manchester-bound plane naked before trying to storm the cockpit twice while shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’.
Phillip O’Brien, 35, was a passenger on the Jet2 flight from Lanarca, Cyprus to Manchester on Tuesday 9 August when a woman, in her 30s, caused the panicked scene shortly after take-off.
The woman seemed to suggest she had explosives on board with her, and also asked the children she was with if they were ‘ready to die’.
She also told the terrified passengers and staff that her parents were members of terror group ISIS.
Mr O’Brien, a drainage firm boss, was on board with six of his family members, including his wife and three children aged eight to 14.
He said everyone was ‘sh*****g themselves’, but while watching the scene unfold, he asked staff why no one was putting her to the floor before putting himself forward to help.
Mr O’Brien said he asked the woman why she was saying such things and he claimed she replied: ‘If I didn’t there’s going to be an explosion and everybody is going to die.’
One woman who was on the flight told MailOnline that the woman’s behaviour had left her daughter terrified.
She said: ‘I was more worried about my daughter – she was so scared, she had a massive panic attack. You were just terrified of what she as going to do when you closed your eyes.’
Hero British father-of-three, 35, restrains woman claiming to have explosives after she stripped to her underwear and tried to storm plane cockpit shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ on Jet2 flight from Cyprus to Manchester
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