Fly Me To Sochi, Demands Cathay Passenger
Armed With Chocolate Bar, Court Hears
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[April 18, 2014]
HONG KONG (Reuters) — A passenger on
board a Hong Kong-bound Cathay Pacific flight, armed only with a
Toblerone chocolate bar, demanded the plane fly to Sochi so he could
watch the Winter Olympics, a court heard.
Antti Oskari Manselius, 23, from Finland, also made a false bomb
threat on the February 14 flight from Amsterdam and said he was
robbing the plane, the South China Morning Post reported on Friday.
Manselius pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct and giving false
information about a bomb when he appeared in court on Thursday, the
Post said. He said he was trying to entertain the other passengers
and was making "fun and jokes".
Two flight attendants told the court that they saw Manselius walking
towards the cockpit. He had two economy-class blankets wrapped
around his head and was wearing another like a cape. He held the
Toblerone chocolate bar "like a sword", the newspaper said, quoting
one of the attendants.
"He said, 'I am robbing the plane now. I want to see the Olympics in
Sochi and I need to get off the plane now," attendant Leung Hiu-lun
was quoted as telling the court. "He was furious. He made me feel
like he was trying to endanger the aircraft."
Leung said the passenger was not violent, only waving the bar as he
talked. Leung told him the service was a direct flight and would not
stop in Russia.
Manselius was later handcuffed under the orders of the captain.
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"A Finnish passenger, a former policeman and an aircrew safety
trainer handcuffed Manselius with the help of a cabin crew manager.
They also cuffed his legs and fastened his chest with an extra
seatbelt," the Post said.
After breakfast was served, Manselius fell asleep.
Manselius was arrested in Hong Kong and sent to a psychiatric
center, the newspaper reported.
The hearing continues on Wednesday.
(Reporting by Clare Baldwin; editing by Nick Macfie)
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