Woman cautioned following incident on Shannon flight

Woman cautioned following incident on Shannon flight

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File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017
A woman was cautioned by Gardaí early today after she was reported to have been ‘disruptive’ on a scheduled flight to Shannon Airport.
Gardaí and airport police officers were standing by to meet United Airlines flight UA-25 when it arrived at 6.30 this morning.

While all the circumstances of what occurred on board are not known, it’s understood the woman was involved in an altercation with another passenger forcing cabin crew members to intervene.

The flight commander was informed of the matter while air traffic controllers were also advised and requested to alert Gardaí.

The aircraft landed at 6.30am and was met at the terminal by a number of Gardaí and Airport Police officers. The passenger was not arrested but was spoken to for some time about the incident.

A Garda spokesperson confirmed that officers spoke to the woman before she was cautioned and allowed continue her journey.

A spokesman for United Airlines said: “Flight UA25 from New York/Newark to Shannon was met by police officers this morning on arrival at Shannon Airport following reports of a disruptive passenger onboard.”

In January, an Air Canada flight diverted to Shannon Airport after a passenger was reported to have been ‘acting strangely.’

The man was removed from the aircraft but was not detained. The flight continued its journey without the man who had to make alternative arrangements to get to Canada.

In 2016, there were two incidents where aircraft diverted to Shannon with unruly passengers.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick.

Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station’s flagship current affairs programme.

He was also the station’s News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day.

As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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