Nine men have been thrown off an early-morning Ryanair flight to Madrid after one of them shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ ‘as a joke’.
The flight which was scheduled to leave Zaventem airport in Brussels at 7am this morning, was delayed for hours as all passengers were ordered to get off the plane by security operatives in other to search and check all luggages.
This incident was confirmed bybthe police to Belgium local news channel VTM Nieuws who says the nine men were all of Belgian national
The Nine men were getting on board Ryanair plane headimg for Madrid when one of them was heard shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ and indicating there was a bomb on board. Allahu Akbar has been a phrase commonly used when Islamic terrorist are about to strike or detonate a bomb in the Western world.
Peter De Waele of the federal police told the news channel: ‘The flight commander refused to take these nine people. One of them was a foolish joker and called ‘Allahu Akbar’ (‘God is great’)’
All the luggage had to be taken off as the bomb squad was called in with sniffer dogs.
Nothing was found and the plane was eventually allowed to leave at 9.25am.
The ‘joke’, said the police, had not been appreciated by either the airline or the passengers, many of whom had been extremely worried by the threat and unnecessary delay of their journey.
It’s unbelievable that anyone irrespective of race and religion can make such a joke while boarding a plane considering what has been going on in the world.
The threat from Islamic terrorist is real considering what has been happening in Barcelona, France, Germany Manchester and London. Anyone making a joke of this nature in that circumstances should be prosecuted and jailed.
The man who shouted Allahu Akbar causing a false bomb scare will at least face prosecution
We are told full investigation will be carried out on the situation.
A Ryanair spokesman said: ‘The crew of this flight from Brussels to Madrid (2 Sep) requested police assistance after a number of passengers became disruptive prior to departure. Police removed and detained the individuals before the aircraft departed to Madrid.
‘We will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behaviour at any time and the safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority.
‘This is now a matter for local police.’
In March 2016, both the Brussels-Zaventem airport and the city’s metro were the subject of separate terrorist attacks that killed 32 people.
There have been all sorts of attacks all over Europe for quite a while now by people shouting Allahu Akbar and no one should joke about such a thing in any shape or form.