Nine men were kicked off a Ryanair flight in Brussels after one of the group shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ and warned there was a bomb on the plane.
The 51-year-old Belgian national was arrested and his eight friends were removed from the plane to Madrid following the scare.
All passengers were evacuated from the plane, which was searched thoroughly by a bomb squad.
Peter De Waele, a Federal police spokeman told VTM:
The flight commander refused to take the nine people.
One of them was a stupid joker and called ‘Allahu Akbar’.
The man caused a two-hour delay for nothing and the flight took off at 9.25am on Saturday after the police found nothing suspicious.
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A Ryanair spokesman said:
The crew of this flight from Brussels to Madrid 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.
The group of friends were thought to have been drunk, but the 51-year-old man could face prosecution for threatening a terror attack.
Brussels is on high alert following recent terror-related incidents. Last month a man shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ was shot dead by police after attacking soldiers in the centre of the Belgian capital.