Cardiff Airport plane passenger removed after drinking

A pilot refused to take off from Cardiff Airport because he was worried about the amount a passenger had drunk, police have confirmed.

The man, 31, from Swansea, who was also said to have been scared of flying, was asked to leave the Turkey-bound plane, causing a 25 minute delay on Monday.

South Wales Police were called and helped to escort the man from the airport.

Thomson Airways said it had a zero tolerance policy to drunken behaviour.

Officers said they would not be taking any further action against him.

"Police were asked to escort a man from a Cardiff flight to Bodrum last night after the pilot refused to take off," police said in a statement.

"The man, a 31-year-old from Swansea, was afraid of flying and the pilot was concerned that he had drunk too much alcohol."

Thomson Airways said it operated a zero tolerance policy with regards to abusive or drunken behaviour on our flights.

It confirmed that flight TOM 690, travelling to Bodrum, was delayed for 25 minutes due to a passenger becoming disruptive as the aircraft began taxiing towards the runway for take-off.

"In line with our standard procedures, the aircraft returned to the stand immediately and the police escorted the passenger off the flight," said a spokesman.

"Thomson Airways would like to reassure passengers that incidents of this type are extremely rare and that their safety is our number one priority at all times."

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