Response from Italy for ERT: Christian Mavris
The passengers of the Vueling A321 flight from Paris to Cairo experienced tense moments on Wednesday 8/11.
As reported by La Repubblicaa 29-year-old Egyptian passenger “felt unwell as soon as he boarded, delaying departure by three hours.”
Given the confusion with “yelling and disturbance from other passengers”, the flight attendants tried to calm the 29-year-old “offering the man to take some of the medicine that was in the plane’s medical box”. To do this, he was asked to “fill in a consent form as well.”
But this is where the story takes a turn, as the man “besides his personal details, he also wrote ‘I Love Allah’, making the whole crew tremble.”
After the plane’s pilot was alerted over the Croatian island of Brac, the pilot “fearing that he had an Islamic fundamentalist on board, notified the radar room” and “without hesitation decided to change the flight plan” and headed for Rome’s Fiumicino Airport , where he landed.
As emphasized by La Repubblica “The Egyptian was waiting, in addition to Air Border Police agents, and snipers ready to intervene in case of danger”, as a result of which the 29-year-old was isolated and checked, where it emerged that the young man was not an Islamic terrorist.
However, the pilot refused to accept him back on the aircraft and the flight departed without the “noisy” passenger.