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“Unruly” woman tries to open exit door on BA flight, arrested


Boston: A 32-year-old drunk Polish woman passenger who tried to force open an exit door of a British Airways flight from London to Boston midair has been arrested, amid heightened global terror alert following the Paris carnage. The woman, identified as Kamila Dolniak, was restrained by the crew during the flight yesterday, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The six-and-half-hour Flight BA 213 originated from London’s Heathrow Airport. British Airways officials said they believe the woman was intoxicated and they did not believe the incident was related to terrorism. “We do not tolerate abusive behaviour,” a statement said while describing the passenger “unruly.” An airline spokesman told the BBC that reports of a passenger trying to access the cockpit were incorrect and they were not particularly concerned. Police met the plane upon landing at Boston’s Logan irport yesterday. A clerk set bail at USD 1,040 for Dolniak. She had not posted bail by Tuesday evening and, as a result, was being held overnight at the state police barracks at the airport, Fox News reported.

Dolniak is expected to be arraigned in a Boston courtroom after today. Earlier on Tuesday, four passengers were removed from a Baltimore to Chicago flight because of “suspicious behaviour”. The incidents come as authorities have been put on heightened alert after devastating gun and suicide attacks killed at least 129 people in Paris.